Youth Human Rights Movement gets nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

2013 2013-04-12T17:06:54+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Norwegian Nobel Committee included the Youth Human Rights Movement in the list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize 2013. This network of organizations was nominated for the prize for educational and human rights activities in different countries. This became a peculiar gift to the human rights defenders on the International Day of Youth Actions for Human Rights, 9 April.

According to the rules of Nobel Committee, the list of nominees is kept in secret for fifty years after the award. However, it is also known that among the nominees for this year's prize are the former US President Bill Clinton, the human rights society "Memorial" and the Pakistani schoolgirl Malaya Yusufzai, severely injured by Talib fundamentalists for being an advocate of school education for women.

It's quite interesting that the adoption of the list of nominees coincided with the prosecutorial examinations of numerous Russian human rights organizations, including the Youth Human Rights Movement.

On 10 December 2011 the Coordinative Board of the Youth Human Rights Movement awarded the status of a honorable member to the head of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski, imprisoned on political grounds.

Youth Human Rights Movement is a community established within the framework of an international project on 8 August 1998 and seeking to establish and support the new generation of young human rights defenders and civil society activists.