8:00am: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to honour organisations at centre of Ukraine war
A trio representing the three nations at the centre of the war in Ukraine will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, showing no sign of giving up the fight against Vladimir Putin and his Minsk ally.
Jailed Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski, Russian human rights organisation Memorial, and Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) will be presented with their awards at a formal ceremony in Oslo.
2:23am: Australia to impose sanctions on Russia, Iran
Australia’s foreign minister said on Saturday the government would place targeted sanctions on Russia and Iran in response to what it called “egregious” human rights violations.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in a statement Australia was imposing Magnitsky-style sanctions on 13 individuals and two entities including seven Russians involved in what the foreign minister said was the attempted assassination of former opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
In addition to human rights sanctions, Wong said Australia was placing further targeted financial sanctions on three Iranians and one Iranian business for supplying drones to Russia for use against Ukraine.
“The supply of drones to Russia is evidence of the role Iran plays in destabilising global security. This listing highlights that those who provide material support to Russia will face consequences,” she said.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)
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