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04/08/2017

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July 2017
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Cumhuriyet Trial Begins in Turkey
The trial of 19 journalists and staff from the Turkish independent newspaper Cumhuriyet, recipient of the 2016 Right Livelihood Award, began in Istanbul on Monday, 24 July. Just a few days before the start of the trial, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, an independent, international panel of legal experts, released its findings stating that the ongoing detention of Cumhuriyet journalists is arbitrary, and called for their immediate release. The Working Group further expressed concern that “the use of emergency decree laws may exert serious chilling effects on the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression” in the country.   Read More
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Narmada Activists Begin Hunger Strike Against Dam Evictions

Indian Laureate Medha Patkar began an indefinite fast on the banks of the Narmada River she has fought 30 years to save from mega dam projects. Patkar, who shared the 1991 Right Livelihood Award with her Narmada Bachao Andolan movement, is protesting against the imminent eviction of some 40,000 families living in the areas that will be submerged once the gates of Sardar Sarovar, Narmada’s largest dam, are closed. This will represent the single biggest forced eviction in modern Indian history, according to the activists. Read more
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Colombia's First Poetry Festival in Times of Peace

The 27th International Poetry Festival of Medellín took place in Colombia from 8-15 July. After 53 years of armed conflict, the peace deal signed by the Colombian Government and FARC, and disarmament of rebels completed in June, this year’s Festival was the first held “in times of peace”.  In addition to the Festival itself, four other Right Livelihood Award Laureates were in attendance – Asociación de Trabajadores Campesinos del Carare (ATCC)Helen Mack ChangBianca Jagger and Martín von Hildebrand – lending their support to the process of peace and reconciliation in Colombia. Read more

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Right Livelihood Award Laureates Asha Hagi Elmi, Sima Samar and Monika Hauser. Photo by Eric Vazzoler / Zeitenspiegelreportagen
Operating room in an Emergency hospital in Sierra Leone. Photo courtesy Emergency.
Laureates Publish Open Letter to UN's New Health Chief
In a joint open letter published in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet, five Right Livelihood Award medical Laureates — Dr Gino Strada, Dr Monika Hauser, Dr Denis Mukwege, Dr Sima Samar, and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel Executive Director Ran Goldstein — shared their expectations on what's at stake for the incoming Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Read the full letter.
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Meeting of the Security Council to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Reporting Right Livelihood 2017 Grantees Announced
Eight journalists from Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Guinea, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe will receive grants to shine the light on the ‘under-reported‘ stories linked to the work of ‘Alternative Nobel’ Laureates. The grantees of the inaugural Reporting Right Livelihood journalism programme were selected from among 93 applicants from 48 countries. The grants, ranging from €200 to €5,000, cover essential travel, subsistence and communication costs to enable reporting on the selected stories over the next six months. Read more
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Asma Jahangir Speaks About Human Rights in Pakistan
Ahead of Pakistan's 70th Independence Day on 14 August, Asma Jahangir, Pakistan’s leading human rights lawyer who received the Right Livelihood Award in 2014, speaks about her life's work in this new video. For decades, she has shown incredible courage in defending the most vulnerable Pakistanis – women, children, religious minorities and the poor. For her relentless campaigning against discriminatory laws and for continuously speaking truth to power, Jahangir has been threatened, assaulted in public and placed under house arrest. She made history when she was elected as the first female President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan in 2010.
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9 August – International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

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29 August - International Day Against Nuclear Tests

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7-11 September – Meeting of the International Jury for the Right Livelihood Award

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21 September – International Day of Peace

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26 September – Announcement of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureates                                                                                                                                
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