A Belarusian activist, two Russian and Ukrainian NGOs, Nobel Peace Prize
Since war has been raging in Ukraine since February 2021, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has this special symbolic year. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski and Russian human rights NGOs Memorial and Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday.
With the award of these three laureates, the Nobel Committee honors “three remarkable defenders of the three people, democracy and peaceful coexistence in the three neighboring countries of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia,” emphasized the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in his speech.
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An NGO dissolved by the Russian judiciary
Ales Viktaravich Bialiatsky, 60, is a currently imprisoned Belarusian political activist known for his work as head of the Viasna Human Rights Center, the main human rights organization in Belarus. Memorial International, the oldest human rights NGO in Russia, was dissolved by the Russian judiciary along with two of its branches last December. The Center for Civil Liberties, a Ukrainian NGO, was founded in 2007 in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
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