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Amid Ukraine war, Peace Nobel goes to regional human rights activists

This year's Nobel Peace Prize went to activists in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, honouring groups who have researched human rights abuses even as Ukraine fights off a Russian invasion that has prompted allegations of widespread war crimes.

Stockholm, 7 October 2022 (dpa/MIA) – This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to activists in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, honouring groups who have researched human rights abuses even as Ukraine fights off a Russian invasion that has prompted allegations of widespread war crimes.

The award goes to Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski, Russian human rights group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on Friday.

“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 rights abuses and the abuse of power,” said committee member Berit Reiss-Andersen as she announced the prize.

Bialiatski helped found the human rights group Viasna and is currently in detention. Memorial was established after the collapse of the Soviet Union to study that era’s human rights abuses. It was forced to dissolve earlier this year as Russia applied pressure on groups opposed to the invasion of Ukraine.

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