Nobel Peace Prize

“The Peace Prize laureates represent civil society in their home countries. They have for many years promoted the right to criticize power and protect the fundamental rights of citizens. They have made an outstanding effort to document war crimes, human right abuses and the abuse of power. Together they demonstrate the significance of civil society for peace and democracy.”

So reads the opening preamble on the Nobel Peace Prize’s website for the 2022 laureates. Against the backdrop of the Ukraine war, three laureates from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus were given prizes: Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Belarussian human rights group Viasna; Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties; and Memorial, Russia’s oldest human rights organization. The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced this year’s laureates on October 7.

Read more at “What the Nobel Peace Prize Means for Russia”

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