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Nobel Peace Prize 2022: Human Rights as Foundation of Peace

07 October 2022

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) wants to take this opportunity to express heartfelt congratulations to our partners and colleagues for being awarded the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize!

The award this year has gone to Ales Bialiatski, a human rights defender from Belarus, chairperson of HRC Viasna and a political prisoner; Human Rights Centre Memorial, liquidated by the Russian Supreme Court in April 2022, and the Centre for Civil Liberties Ukraine; an organization that has made an outstanding effort to document war crimes, human right abuses and the abuse of power.

As the Nobel Prize awarding committee noted:

Together [this individual and organizations] demonstrate the significance of civil society for peace and democracy.

This is both a well-deserved award and recognition of the importance of human rights as the foundation of peace.

The NHC applauds this recognition and stands in awe of and solidarity with our colleagues and friends, who continue their human rights and humanitarian work in these harsh circumstances. We will continue to do our utmost to amplify their voices and support their work.

Find out more

The NHC’s focus on amplifying democratic voices in Eastern Europe

The NHC on amplifying Ukrainian voices and supporting local partners

Warsaw Human Dimension Conference (October 2022)

OSCE at a Turning Point (July 2022)

The OSCE and the Moscow Mechanism: Next steps (June 2022)

Thoughts from Ukrainian Civil Society (May 2022)

Thoughts from Ukrainian Civil Society (April 2022)

Women Human Rights Defenders in Ukraine (March 2022)

Facilitating change and justice reform in Ukraine in times of war

Joint NGO statement on situation in Ukraine (23 February 2022)

The NHC against shutting down of HRC Memorial and on human rights situation in Russia

Call for action of the Human Rights Council to address the dire human rights situation in Russia (September 2022)

Joint NGO statement for the suspension of Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council (March 2022)

The future of Memorial and the Russian Human Rights Movement (January 2022)

The NHC in support of Viasna and Human Rights Defenders from Belarus:

Joint statement on upcoming verdict against Viasna members (September 2022)

Joint statement demanding release of Viasna members (September 2021)

Joint statement: No business as usual with Lukashenko regime (July 2021)

Statement by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee: Belarus must release Raman Pratasevich immediately (May 2021)

Human Rights Day 2020: NHC calls for unwavering support for Belarus (December 2020)