Trio representing 3 nations at centre of Ukraine war to receive Nobel Peace Prize today

OSLO: A trio representing the three nations at the center of the war in Ukraine will receive nobel peace prize on Saturday, there is no sign of giving up the fight against Vladimir Putin and his Minsk ally.
Belarusian human rights activist Ales jailed BialiatskiThe monument to the Russian human rights organization and Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) will be presented at a solemn ceremony in Oslo.
While the Peace Prize may be a small panacea for the souls of the laureates, it does not weaken their resolve.
“Putin will stop when he is stopped,” CCL head Oleksandra Matviichuk told reporters Friday at the Nobel Institute.
“Authoritarian leaders … see any attempt at dialogue as a sign of weakness,” she said, calling on Western countries to continue helping Ukraine liberate territories occupied by Russia. occupation, including Crimea.
CCL has been documenting war crimes committed by the Russian military in Ukraine over the past eight years, crimes for which Matviichuk wants Russian President Putin and his ally, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, to come to the forefront. Justice.
“This war is genocidal in nature,” she said in English. “If Ukraine stops resisting, there will be no more of us.”
“So I have no doubt that sooner or later Putin will appear before the international court.”
The President of the Memorial Council, Yan Rachinsky, agrees, while remaining more cautious in his remarks given the penalties Moscow has imposed on critics of the conflict in Ukraine.
“Ukraine must fight for its independence,” he said.
“Ukraine is not fighting for its own sake. They are fighting for our common peaceful future.”
“The choice before the international community… is between today’s unpleasant situation and tomorrow’s disaster,” he said.
Established in 1989, the Memorial has for decades shed light on the crimes committed by Stalin’s totalitarian regime and works to preserve the memory of the victims, as well as document violations. human rights in Russia.
The country’s Supreme Court ordered its dissolution by the end of 2021 and ordered a raid on its Moscow offices on October 7 — the very day it was announced as this year’s co-winner of the Peace Prize. .
“When it comes to rights defenders, at the moment in Russia the situation is dire,” Rachinsky said.
The third co-winner, Ales Bialiatski, founder of human rights group Viasna, has been detained since July 2020 pending trial following Minsk’s crackdown on large-scale protests against the regime .
He faces 12 years in prison.
His wife, Natalia Pinchuk, who will accept him Nobel Prize on behalf of him said “the Belarusian issue is also being decided on the Ukrainian battlefield”.
She said Bialiatski – whom she has only seen once since his arrest, through a pane of glass – was not allowed to speak for her prestigious award.
The ceremony at Oslo’s City Hall will begin at 1:00 p.m. (12:00 GMT), attended by the Norwegian royal family and special dignitaries.
Meanwhile, in Stockholm, a separate awards ceremony will take place to honor other Nobel laureates in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics.
It was followed by a lavish banquet at Stockholm City Hall for some 1,500 guests, including the royal family.
Also in attendance will be winners from 2020 and 2021, when festivals in Stockholm are canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year’s winners will receive a gold medal, diploma and check for 10 million Swedish kronor ($970,000).


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