2015 Award Week in Stockholm, Geneva, Zürich and Online
During the award week, events with this year’s Laureates, Tony de Brum and the People of Marshall Islands, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera and Gino Strada / EMERGENCY, will take place in Stockholm, Geneva, Zürich and online.
Stockholm will host individual events with the Laureates both before and after the ceremony, which will be held in the Swedish Parliament on 30 November. Visit our Award Week page for more information.
The Graduate Institute together with the Right Livelihood Award Foundation will for the first time in the Award’s history bring all four new Laureates to Geneva for a felicitation and debate on 2 December.
At the University of Zürich, Gino Strada will be holding the annual Right Livelihood Lecture on “Effective responses to global humanitarian emergencies”.
For this year’s ceremony, we will be using the social media service Thunderclap to celebrate our new Laureates. This will allow us to reach and connect with as many people as possible world wide. We launched our Thunderclap campaign on 11 November. Visit our Thunderclap profile for more information.
20th anniversary of Laureate Ken Saro-Wiwa’s assassination
Tuesday 10 November marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of 1994 Laureate Ken Saro-Wiwa. Besides being a celebrated writer, Saro-Wiwa was the leader of the movement for the survival of the Ogoni people in Nigeria. Alongside eight of his colleagues, Saro-Wiwa was executed on 10 November 1995.
Fellow Laureate and Nigerian Nnimmo Bassey wanted to share a few words on the legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa:
“Ken Saro-Wiwa was a man of peace. He fought for ecological justice and for dignity. He was executed by the Nigerian state 20 years ago, but his influence has only grown wider. As he said, you can kill the messenger, but you cannot kill the message. Today we remember a true martyr whose death was not in vain.
20 years after his execution, it is very clear today that Ken Saro-Wiwa stood for truth and justice. A man of foresight, today we salute his memory. And we demand that Shell and the Nigerian government should immediately clean up Ogoniland.”
Employees of AIHRC killed in explosion
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), chaired by 2012 Laureate Sima Samar, lost two employees in an explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Six other staff members of the AIHRC were injured as a result of the attack.
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation offers its deepest condolences to the families of the employees. Read our press statement.
RLA exhibition about Laureates and workshop on tour
The exhibition Who cares!, portraying some of our Laureates, is on tour around Sweden. In connection with this, a workshop with newly arrived refugees and locals was arranged on the West coast last week and this week, is at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights (Mänskliga Rättighetsdagarna) in Gothenburg – the biggest forum for human rights in Northern Europe.
2010 Laureate Nnimmo Bassey was a speaker at the event and part of one of the workshops arranged by us.
European Parliament calls on member states to protect Snowden
On 29 October, the European Parliament passed a resolution against mass surveillance. The parliament called on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender”.
Meanwhile the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter published a 16-page interview with the 2014 Laureate, which is also available in English.
More news from the Laureates
Victory for Bill McKibben and 350.org as Keystone gets shut down
2014 Laureates Bill McKibben and 350.org announced victory on 6 November after their long fight against the making of the Keystone pipeline. Watch the video they made on mobilising a movement against the pipeline.
Film featuring Denis Mukwege no longer banned in the DRC
The film about 2013 Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, The Man Who Mends Women, is no longer banned from screening in his native Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bianca Jagger creates petition to prevent ‘catastrophic’ climate change
Our 2004 Laureate Bianca Jagger has created a petition for world leaders to sign to prevent a ‘catastrophic’ climate change ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. The petition says: “We appeal to world leaders to do what is necessary to protect and safeguard life on earth – to commit to CO2 reduction targets in line with the best available scientific knowledge to prevent catastrophic climate change.”
Francisco Toledo wins a long fight
2005 Laureate Francisco Toledo won his long fight against the conference center inside a nature reserve in Oaxaca, Mexico.