A peace prize for civil society, democracy, and human rights

- This is an incredibly gratifying peace prize that we for many years have been hoping for. This is an important recognition of the importance of civil society, democracy, and human rights in creating peace, says Berit Lindeman, secretary general of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Ales Bialiatski in the Belarusian human rights organization Viasna, Memorial in Russia, and Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine are all long-time partners of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

– It is an award that recognizes civil societies effort to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. The price focuses on the future. It will strengthen democratic core values and opposes authoritarian leaders in Russia and Belarus who imprison and oppress their own population and attack neighbouring countries. The Center for Civil Liberties has played an important role in helping to strengthen democracy in Ukraine and is now working to document war crimes, says Lindeman.

– The Helsinki Committee warmly congratulates Bialiatski, Memorial and Center for Civil Liberties with the Nobel Peace Prize, says Lindeman.

– The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Memorial, Center for Civil Liberties and Ales Bialiatski an important mark in these times. We must end the war started by Putin’s regime and build democracies where civil society can be active in improving society, says Lindeman.

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