This year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to human rights advocates from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. The laureates are the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties, the Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski, and the Russian historical, educational, and human rights society Memorial.
"The Peace Prize laureates represent civil society in their home countries. They have for many years promoted the right to criticise power and protect the fundamental rights of citizens. They have made an outstanding effort to document war crimes, human right abuses and the abuse of power. Together they demonstrate the significance of civil society for peace and democracy," the Nobel Committee said in a statement.
Context. Last year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Russian Dmitry Muratov, the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, and the American-Filipino journalist Maria Ressa "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."
In 2020, the World Food Program received the Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger on the planet.