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US News Right Livelihood Award: Alternative Nobel Prize awarded to human rights activists for the first time

13:15  01 october  2020
13:15  01 october  2020 Source:   ksta.de

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The Right Livelihood Award is an international award to "honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today." The prize was established in 1980 by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull

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For the first time in the history of the Alternative Nobel Prizes, human rights fighters from Iran and Belarus are being honored with the prestigious award. The prize, which is officially called the Right Livelihood Award, goes this year to the human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotudeh, who is in prison in Iran, as well as the Belarusian democracy activist Ales Beljazki and the Wesna human rights center he founded. The Right Livelihood Foundation announced this on Thursday in Stockholm. US civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson and activist Lottie Cunningham Wren from Nicaragua will also be honored with the award.

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In diesem Jahr gehört unter anderem die Menschenrechtsanwältin Nasrin Sotudeh, die im Iran in Haft sitzt, zu den Preisträgern. © AP One of the winners this year is the human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotudeh, who is in custody in Iran.

With this, the award jury remains true to its line and honors four personalities who are not so much in the focus of the international public. She had done this again and again in the past, even if more prominent names had occasionally appeared among the winners - last year, for example, that of Greta Thunberg. Together with the Swedish climate activist, the human rights campaigner Aminatu Haidar from the Western Sahara, the Chinese women's rights activist Guo Jianmei and the Brazilian native Davi Kopenawa and his indigenous association Hutukara Yanomami were honored in 2019.

182 nominations from 71 countries

The Right Livelihood Award, which has been presented since 1980, is commonly known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. With it, the Right Livelihood Foundation honors those who, often at high risk, are particularly committed to peace and a fairer and more sustainable world. This year, 182 nominations from 71 countries were considered, which were submitted by the beginning of March. The award stands at a critical distance from the actual Nobel Prizes, the winners of which will be announced in Stockholm and Oslo on Monday.

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The Right Livelihood Award , widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize , is a major international award to honour those "working on practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today".

The Right Livelihood Award is nicknamed the " alternative Nobel Prize ." It was created in 1980 by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob Petra Kelly, one of the founders of Germany's Green Party, was the first female laureate. She received the award for "forging and implementing a new vision

As is so often the case, this year's alternative Nobel Prize winners come from completely different parts of the world. But one of them is the fight for equality, democracy, justice and freedom, said Foundation Director Ole von Uexküll when the award was announced. "With their resistance to unjust legal systems and dictatorial political regimes, they successfully strengthen human rights, promote civil societies and denounce institutional misconduct."

This year's selection aims to highlight the increasing global threat to democracy, said von Uexküll. “It is high time we all who believe in democracy around the world stand up and support one another.”

One million Swedish kronor for each award winner

Iranian Sotudeh and Belarusian Belyazki with Wesna are the first alternative Nobel Prize winners from their countries . The imprisoned Sotudeh is honored because, according to the jury, she fearlessly stands up for the promotion of political freedoms and human rights in Iran. Belyazki and the Wesna Center received the award "for their resolute struggle for the realization of democracy and human rights in Belarus" - a topic that could hardly be more topical given the ongoing protests against the controversial ruler Alexander Lukashenko. The award for Beljazki and Wesna is also an "expression of international solidarity with all those who fight for freedom and democracy in Belarus," said von Uexküll.

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In 2017, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation has launched a small grant scheme to support Contribuer à la promotion des actions des lauréats du “Prix Nobel alternatif” permet de susciter The Steering Committee includes Right Livelihood Award Laureates, as well as senior journalism and

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With the award for the American Stevenson, the Right Livelihood Foundation also draws attention to a hot social issue, namely the racism debate in the USA. The civil rights attorney strives for the reform of the US criminal justice system and the reconciliation of the people "in the face of the historical trauma of racism," it said on the part of the foundation. Finally, the Nicaraguan Cunningham worked tirelessly to protect the land of the indigenous people and the natives from exploitation and looting, and thus also to protect the environment. According to the foundation,

Sotudeh, Stevenson, Cunningham as well as Beljazki and Wesna are to be honored on December 3rd as part of an award ceremony, which this time due to the corona pandemic is to take place virtually. Each winner receives one million Swedish crowns (around 95,000 euros), which are intended for their work. (dpa)

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