Nobel Peace Prize co-winners, including Russia’s oldest human rights organization, Memorial, Ukrainian Civil Liberties Center [CCL] and imprisoned Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski, were honored at an official award ceremony in Oslo.
It comes as Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of Ukraine’s CCL, told reporters on Friday that the international community should bring Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to justice.
“We must break the circle of impunity. We must establish an international tribunal and hold Putin, Lukashenko and other war criminals accountable, not only for Ukrainians, but for other nations of the world,” Matviichuk said.
The human rights lawyer says she is convinced that Putin will be tried “sooner or later”.
Founded in 2007, the Kyiv-based CCL documents war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine.
“This war has a genocidal character,” she said. “If Ukraine stops its resistance, we will be no more.”
Memorial, acclaimed for its studies of political repression, was shut down by Russia’s Supreme Court in December 2021 after the Duma declared the organization a foreign agent in 2016.
Bialiatski, imprisoned, is the fourth person in the 121-year history of Nobel Prize winners to receive the award while behind bars.
The triple award was seen as a strong rebuke to Putin and Lukashenko’s crackdown on democracy.