Nobel Peace Prize 2022

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Nobel Peace Prize 2022

News: The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organization Memorial, and the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties.

About Ales Bialiatski:
• Ales Bialiatski is a Belarusian human rights activist, who is currently being held in prison without trial.
• He was one of the initiators of the democratic movement in Belarus in the mid-1980s.
• He is credited with founding the organisation Viasna (Spring) in 1996.

About Memorial:
• Russian human rights organisation was established in 1987, by human rights activists in the former Soviet Union.
• Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov and human rights advocate Svetlana Gannushkina were among the organization’s founders.
• Memorial is based on the notion that confronting past crimes is essential in preventing new ones. It wanted to ensure that the victims of the communist regime’s oppression would never be forgotten.

About Center for Civil Liberties:
• Founded in Kyiv in 2007, it aimed at advancing human rights and democracy in Ukraine.
• They have been successful in influencing the formation of public opinion and public policy. They have been actively participating in international networks and solidarity actions to promote human rights.

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