Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova has welcomed the decision of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, to appeal to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, proposing the candidacy of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian penal colony since May 14, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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"Oleh is really worthy of it. He is suffering today in prisons of the occupier for his patriotic and life stance. He is a real fighter for basic human rights and freedoms," she wrote on Facebook. "The whole of Ukraine is fighting for Oleh today. We must look for new ways to return him to Ukraine and his relatives," Denisova added.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 18, the Verkhovna Rada appealed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee to nominate Sentsov for the Nobel Peace Prize. Some 245 MPs voted for relevant resolution No. 9040 on Tuesday. The resolution comes into force from the date of its adoption. According to the document, the Verkhovna Rada instructed its chairman, Andriy Parubiy, to immediately forward the text of the parliamentary address to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.