Oslo — Ales Bialiatski, a human rights activist who is currently imprisoned in Belarus, along with human rights organizations, the Memorial Group in Russia and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties, were announced Friday as the winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize at the Norwegian Nobel institute in Oslo, Norway.
All organizations worked to highlight rights abuses in Ukraine, Russia and Russia’s close allyunder President Vladimir Putin .
“They have made an extraordinary effort to document war crimes, human rights violations and abuse of power. Together, they demonstrate the importance of civil society for peace and democracy,” Norwegian Nobel Committee head Berit Reiss-Andersen told reporters. .
Soon after the winners were announced, the Nobel committee called for the release of Bialiacki, who is currently imprisoned in his native Belarus on tax evasion charges.
“Our message is to urge the Belarusian authorities to release Mr. Bialjatsky and we hope that this will happen and that he can come to Oslo and receive the honor that has been given to him,” Reiss-Andersen told reporters.
The award often focuses on groups and activists who work to prevent conflict, alleviate hardship and protect human rights.
Last year’s winners have had a tough time since receiving the award. Journalists Dmitry Muratov from Russia andThe Philippines is fighting for the survival of its intelligence organizations, defying government efforts to silence them.
Last year, they were honored for “their efforts to protect freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace.”
This summer, Muratovraise money for Ukrainian child refugees. It raised $103.5 million, breaking the old record for a Nobel Prize.
Swedish scientist Svante Paabo kicked off the Nobel Prize announcement week on Mondayin medicine for unlocking the secrets of Neanderthal DNA, which provided key insights into our immune system.
Three scientistsTuesday. Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F. Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger have shown that tiny particles can maintain connections to each other even when separated, a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement that can be used for specialized computing and information encryption.
Americans Carolyn R. Bertozzi and K. Barry Sharpless and Danish scientist Morten Meldal were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for developing a way of “linking molecules together” that can be used to probe cells, map DNA and design drugs that can more precisely target diseases , such as cancer.
French writer Annie ErnauxThursday. The jury praised her for combining fiction and autobiography in books that fearlessly mine her experiences as a working-class woman to explore life in France from the 1940s onwards.
The 2022 Nobel Prize in Economics will be announced on Monday.
The awards carry a cash prize of 10 million Swedish kronor (almost $900,000) and will be presented on December 10. The money comes from a bequest by the creator of the prize, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, in 1895.