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Nobel Peace Prize won by Belarusian activist, Ukrainian and Russian human rights organizations

Nobel Peace Prize won by Belarusian activist, Ukrainian and Russian human rights organizations

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded as Russia’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine wages on, with the war appearing to be front and center of the decisions made by the Nobel Committee.

“With this year’s #NobelPeacePrize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to honour three outstanding champions of human rights, democracy and peaceful co-existence in the neighbour countries Belarus, Russia and Ukraine,” it said on Twitter.

“With their consistent efforts in favour of humanist values, anti-militarism and principles of law, this year’s #NobelPeacePrize laureates have revitalised and honoured Alfred Nobel’s vision of peace and fraternity between nations – a vision most needed in the world today,” it added.

Kenneth Roth, the former executive director of Human Rights Watch succinctly tied some of those strings together in a tweet, referencing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ally, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko:

On Putin’s 70th birthday, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to a Russian human rights group that he shut down, a Ukrainian human rights group that is documenting his war crimes, and a Belarusian human rights activist whom his ally Lukashenko has imprisoned.”

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Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties plays “a pioneering role” in holding Russia accountable for war crimes
Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) was established in 2007 to promote human rights values in Ukraine, with the purpose of advancing democracy in the country.

The committee commended its work on strengthening Ukrainian civil society and the pressure that it’s put on authorities to “make Ukraine a full-fledged democracy.”

The group has played a key role in identifying and documenting Russian war crimes against the Ukrainian population since Russia’s invasion in February, according to the Nobel committee.
“The center is playing a pioneering role in holding guilty parties accountable for their crimes,” it said.

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CCL said they were proud to have won the accolade on Friday, Reuters reported.

“Morning with good news. We are proud,” they said.