The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded Ales Bialiatski it’s at two humanitarian organizations, one Russian and one Ukrainian.
Ales Bialiatski is a Belarusian activist known for his work with the Viasna Human Rights Center of Belarus, while the two humanitarian organizations are the Russia’s Memorial and Ukraine’s Center for civil Liberties (Ccl).
Nobel Peace Prize to Ales Bialiatski, Belarusian human rights activist
The Nobel Peace Prize to the dissident Bialiatski and the Memorial organizations and the Center for Civil Liberties in honor of the “commitment in defense of human rights and the right to criticize power, defense of citizens ‘rights for citizens’ rights and against abuses of power, for documenting war crimes“was announced by the Nobel Committee in Oslo.
The Nobel Committee asked Belarus the release of the dissident Ales Bialiatski, Committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen said at the announcement press conference.
The wife of the Belarusian Nobel Peace Prize winner, Natallia Pinchuk, said she was overwhelmed by the “emotion” and “gratitude” for the award.
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Here are the three joint winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize:
ALES BIALIATSKI, 60 years old, he is a human rights activist, Belarusian dissident, former conscientious objector and one of the founders of the Belarusian NGO Viasna. In 2011, the regime of Aleksandr Lukashenko arrested him for allegedly “tax evasion”: a sentence that dissidents and human rights organizations consider politically motivated. Released in 2014, he was arrested again after a violent search of the Viasna office and sentenced to a second sentence of 7 years, again for alleged tax evasion, and is still in prison. Among the international awards for his activity as a dissident and denouncing violations of civil and human rights, Bialiatski was awarded, among other things, the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament in 2020, the Vaclav Havel Prize for Human Rights conferred in 2012 by the Council of Europe. He has been nominated five times for the Nobel, won only this year, and is an honorary citizen of Paris and, in Italy, of Genoa and Syracuse.
The Russian NGO MEMORIAL was founded in 1989, in the midst of the Perestroika trial wanted by Mikhail Gorbachev, when the Soviet Union was close to its collapse, to study and denounce the violations and crimes committed during the terror imposed by the Stalin regime. Initially divided into two sections, one to document Stalinist crimes, one for human rights in conflict zones, in the Soviet area and even outside. Structured more as a movement than an organization, as of December 2021 Memorial incorporated 50 Russian NGOs and 11 more from other countries, including Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Belgium and France. Memorial was outlawed in Russia on April 5 this year as a “foreign agent” under the Putinian law on NGOs and closed.
The CENTER FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (CCL) is a Ukrainian NGO based in Kiev, founded in 2007 and dedicated to the documentation of war crimes, human rights abuses and abuses of power. In his own words, CCL defines itself as “one of the main actors in Ukraine, aimed at influencing public opinion and politics, promoting the development of civic activism, participating in international networks and in solidarity actions to promote human rights. in the OSCE area “. It is the first Ukrainian organization to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
“The Ukrainian people today are the main peacemaker, in which we must live without aggression”, wrote on Telegram. head of the cabinet of the Ukrainian presidency Andriï Yermak, commenting on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, among others, to the Ukrainian NGO Center for Civil Liberties.
“In times when peace is put to the test – wrote the President of the European Council in a tweet, Charles Michel -, the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize to the Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian human rights organization Memorial and the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties, is a beacon of light and a symbol of peace among the nations “.
“The right to speak the truth to power is fundamental for free and open societies”, writes the NATO Secretary in a tweet. Jens Stoltenbergcongratulating him on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.
“The Nobel Committee recognized the exceptional courage of women and men who oppose autocracy – writes the president of the European Commission in a tweet. Ursula von der Leyen, applauding the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Belarusian dissident Ales Bialiatski, the Russian Memorial organization and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties -. They show the true power of civil society in the struggle for democracy. Tell their stories. Share their commitment. Help make the world a freer place “.