BREAKING: Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski who is currently in prison wins Nobel Peace Prize

THIS year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been won by Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski, and two organisations from Russia and Ukraine – Memorial and the Centre for Civil Liberties.

According to the Committee, Ales Bialiatski and the Memorial and the Centre for Civil Liberties, won the Nobel Peace Prize for “an outstanding effort to document war crimes, human right abuses and the abuse of power” in their respective countries.

“They have for many years promoted the right to criticise power and protect the fundamental rights of citizens,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

Bialiatski has been in prison for alleged tax evasion since July 14, 2021.

According to some human rights defenders, the charges are “politically motivated”.

The Committee tweeted:

“BREAKING NEWS: The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2022 #NobelPeacePrize to human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organisation Memorial and the Ukrainian human rights organisation Center for Civil Liberties.”

“The #NobelPeacePrize laureates represent civil society in their home countries. They have for many years promoted the right to criticise 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.”

People reacted to the news.

“My sincerest congratulations, dear Oleksandra Matviichuk @avalaina and all friends from The Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) @ccl_ua! Thank you for your incredibly important work for Ukraine!”

People had expected the award to be won by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, who was nominated on Friday, March 18.

The president, whose country is engaged in a violent war with Russia, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a group of European politicians.


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    • Dymitro Kuleba

      18 October 2022 • 20:55

      Ales Bialiatski and the Memorial and the Centre for Civil Liberties, won the Nobel Peace Prize 2022. According to some human rights defenders, the charges gainst President Putin are “politically motivated”. human rights advocates represent civil society in their home countries wher they have promoted the right to criticise power and protect the fundamental rights of citizens. My sincerest congratulations, dear Oleksandra Matviichuk & Ales Bialiatski !

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