The 2022 Peace Prize was awarded to human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organization Memorial, and the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties (CCL). The latter was headed up and represented at the award ceremony in Oslo by Oleksandra Matviichuk who wore the Freedom brooch – gifted to her by Humanium Metal and 3D-printed by Sandvik.
“We are humbled and proud to have 3D printed the Freedom brooch,” says Mikael Schuisky at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing. “When we were approached by Humanium Metal to cooperate on creating the brooch, it was a project that the entire team took on with great enthusiasm.”
Humanium Metal, a part of the organization IM Swedish Development Partner, transforms seized firearms from governmental weapon destruction programs, in regions affected by armed violence, into commodities for peace. The Center for Civil Liberties is a Ukrainian human rights organization with the mission to restore justice for all victims of war crimes. They have been working to protect human rights for 15 years and, in 2014, they were the first human rights organization that started documenting war crimes in the Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions.
IM Swedish Development Partner wanted to create a piece of jewelry in Humanium Metal specifically for the Center for Civil Liberties, to capture the importance of their work. The original design and sketches were created together with the Ukrainian artist Tamara Rogozina who drew inspiration from the Ukrainian coat of arms, the symbol of CCL and faith in peace, freedom, and democracy. Following the initiative from Humanium Metal, the jewelry piece was 3D printed at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing in Sandviken, Sweden, using Humanium Metal powder. It was then express delivered to Oslo in time for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on December 10.
”Part of the beauty of the Freedom brooch lies in its symbolic design and the material transformation from destroyed illegal weapons into Humanium Metal powder. We are honored to have been part of this,” says Mikael Schuisky.
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