2017 Announcement

The Laureates of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, widely referred to as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, were announced on September 26 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, said:

“This year’s Laureates protect the rights and lives of citizens across three continents. With their courageous work for human rights, public health and good governance, they tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges at their very core. At a time of alarming setbacks for democracy, their successes show us the way forward towards a just, peaceful and sustainable world for all.”

 

Honorary Award

  • Robert Bilott (USA) “for exposing a decades-long history of chemical pollution, winning long-sought justice for the victims, and setting a precedent for effective regulation of hazardous substances.”

Cash Award, sharing SEK 3 million (EUR 315,000)

  • Colin Gonsalves (India) “for his tireless and innovative use of public interest litigation over three decades to secure fundamental human rights for India’s most marginalised and vulnerable citizens.”
  • Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan) “for her courage and tenacity in exposing corruption at the highest levels of government through outstanding investigative journalism in the name of transparency and accountability.”
  • Yetnebersh Nigussie (Ethiopia) “for her inspiring work promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities.”

 


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Robert Bilott (USA)

…for for exposing a decades-long history of chemical pollution, winning long-sought justice for the victims, and setting a precedent for effective regulation of hazardous substances.

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Colin Gonsalves (India)

…for his tireless and innovative use of public interest litigation over three decades to secure fundamental human rights for India’s most marginalised and vulnerable citizens.

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Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)

…for her courage and tenacity in exposing corruption at the highest levels of government through outstanding investigative journalism in the name of transparency and accountability.

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Yetnebersh Nigussie (Ethiopia)

…for her inspiring work promoting the rights and inclusion of people with
disabilities, allowing them to realise their full potential and changing mindsets in
our societies.

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Laureate posters

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Video files

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