Nobel Peace Prize awarded to three human rights 'champions'

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to three human rights “champions”


The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to imprisoned Belarusian activist Ales Beliatski, the Russian NGO Memorial and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties, a highly symbolic prize in the midst of war in Ukraine.  

With this trio of representatives of civil societies in Eastern Europe, “the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to honor three outstanding champions of human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence in the three neighboring countries Belarus, Russia and Ukraine”, has declared its president Berit Reiss-Andersen.

The laureates “have for years promoted the right to criticize power and protect the fundamental rights of citizens”, she underlined.

< p>“They have made tremendous efforts to document war crimes, human rights violations and abuse of power. Together they demonstrate the importance of civil society for peace and democracy.”

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to three

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to three “champions” human rights

The chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee immediately called on Belarus to release Ales Beliatski, 60, who has been imprisoned since July 2021.

This prize “is not directed against (Russian) President Vladimir Putin, for his anniversary (this Friday) or anything else, except that his government, like that of Belarus, is an authoritarian government that attacks human rights activists,” she also said. .

In Russia, “civil society and human rights defenders are repressed and that is what we want to signify with this award”.

Last year, the Peace Prize crowned two champions of freedom of the press and information, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and her Russian colleague Dmitry Muratov.

The prize, which consists of a diploma, a medal d'or and a check for 10 million crowns (912,000 euros) to be shared between the winners, will be presented on December 10 in Oslo.

The season of s 2022 prize ends on Monday with the economy prize, of less ancient creation.