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The Nobel Foundation excludes the Russian and Belarusian ambassadors to Sweden from the award ceremony

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MADRID, Oct. 25 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Nobel Foundation, in charge of awarding the prestigious awards, reported Tuesday that it has decided not to invite the ambassadors of Russia and Belarus to Sweden to the award ceremony in Stockholm.

“The Nobel Foundation invites the ambassadors who are in Sweden, but in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Foundation has decided not to invite the ambassadors of Russia and Belarus,” cites a statement released by the agency’s press service. .

The ceremony, which will be held on December 10 in the Swedish capital, will also not have the presence of Jimmie Akesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats party, a far-right formation that has become the second most voted party in the last general elections.

“The Nobel Prize is based on respect for science, culture, humanism and internationalism. This respect is also the basis for the achievements that are celebrated and highlighted when Nobel Laureates and guests from around the world are invited to the Nobel prize-giving ceremony and the banquet on December 10”, the Foundation defended.

The exclusion of the Russian and Belarusian ambassadors comes in a year in which the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to the Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian NGO Memorial and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties.

With these winners, the Norwegian Committee wanted to applaud the work of civil society in defense of Human Rights in the three countries, even more so in a context marked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bialiatski spent three years in prison, between 2011 and 2014, and was arrested again after the 2020 post-election protests. He is still in pretrial detention, making him the fourth person to be awarded the Nobel Prize while in prison, along with Burmese Aung San Suu Kyi, the Chinese Liu Xiaobo and the German Carl von Ossietzky.

The NGO Memorial, founded in 1987 in the midst of Soviet decline, by activists such as Andrei Sakharov, who had previously been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The organization continued to grow after the collapse of the USSR and its constant conflict with the Kremlin led to its being declared a “foreign agent” and forced to close at the end of 2021.

For its part, the Center for Civil Liberties emerged in 2007 to promote democracy and the defense of human rights in Ukraine and, in recent months, has worked to identify and document the alleged war crimes perpetrated by Russia. It had already advocated since its foundation for Ukraine’s incorporation into the International Criminal Court (ICC), for the sake of accountability.

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