Ukrainians are displeased to share the Peace Prize with winners from Russia and Belarus

On Friday, a representative of the Center for Civil Liberties of Ukraine works there. Getty Images/Sergei Supinsky remove caption
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On Friday, a representative of the Center for Civil Liberties of Ukraine works there.

Getty Images/Sergei Supinsky Winners in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine received the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize “for promoting the right to criticize power and protect the fundamental rights of citizens and making an outstanding effort to document war crimes, human rights abuses, and the abuse of power,” according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

In the 121-year history of the Nobel committee, Ukraine has never received the prize. While the Center for Civil Liberties, a Ukrainian organization that won, is jubilant, many Ukrainians are disappointed that the honor must be shared with other nations.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior Ukrainian politician, posted on Twitter, “Neither Russian nor Belarusian organizations were able to organize resistance to the war.”

The Russian winner, the human rights organization Memorial, had denounced the nation’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, but anti-war demonstrations in Russia had been relatively quiet. Ales Bialatski, the winner from Belarus, stated in 2014 that Belarus’ domestic repression was made possible by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On social media, Ukrainian journalist Olga Tokariuk concurred, writing that this year’s joint prize creates the idea that Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia are face the same challenges .

There is no question that each of the recipients of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine deserved it for their respective contributions. However, the committee’s choice to group them together for the Nobel Peace Prize is dubious.

Olga Tokariuk, October 7, 2022 (@olgatokariuk) According to Tokariuk, “they denounce Russian transgressions in Ukraine while fighting domestic regimes in Russia and Belarus.”

Few people, however, anticipated that the future of human rights in the area would be shaped by war when the Center for Civil Rights was established in 2007. When the group arranged assistance for activists and journalists imprisoned by the Viktor Yanukovych dictatorship, many Ukrainians first learned about them in 2013.

The organisation changed its emphasis to documenting war crimes committed by invading forces in 2014 after Russia invaded Ukraine. However, the Center for Civil Rights and organizations that emerged in its wake persisted in pressuring Ukraine’s post-revolutionary government to uphold its promises regarding human rights.

Olexandra Matviychuk stated in response to the news that the group she co-founded had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that Ukraine can serve as a model for activists in other nations striving for civil rights reform.

More quickly than a United Nations intervention, she argued, “the mass mobilization of ordinary people in different countries of the world and their unified voice can influence world history.”

Matviychuk also expressed her congratulations to her “friends and partners” in Belarus and Russia.