2020 Right Livelihood Award Week

Webinar with 2020 Right Livelihood Laureate Ales Bialiatski


2020 Right Livelihood Award Week

Ahead of the 2020 Right Livelihood Award Presentation on December 3, we are hosting a series of digital events with the 2020 Laureates:

November 26 with indigenous rights and environmental activist Lottie Cunningham Wren.

December 1 with civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

December 2 with human rights activist Ales Bialiatski.

Meanwhile, we’re running an ongoing campaign online calling for the permanent and unconditional release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Lottie Cunningham Wren

Webinar with Lottie Cunningham Wren

Indigenous Peoples and Mother Earth

November 26, 7pm CET

  • Panellists: Christophe Golay, of Geneva Academy; Peter Bille Larsen, University of Geneva
  • Moderator: Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, Oakland Institute
  • Language: English with simultaneous translation into Spanish
  • Livestream link: rightlivelihood.org (English)

In partnership with The University of Geneva – Geneva School of Social Science

Indigenous people face a multitude of threats, from land grabs and exploitation of their natural resources to violence, endangering their very existence. With a multifaceted background and expertise, Lottie Cunningham Wren has pioneered and strengthened indigenous land rights in Nicaragua and beyond, and also fought to advance the rights of women within the indigenous communities. Despite threats and intimidation, she remains unwavering in her commitment to empower and protect indigenous communities from external threats. As of now, the situation is even more severe due to the recent hurricane ETA. The indigenous population in Nicaragua is more severely affected due to their geolocation close to the coast and an ongoing shortage in access to health care, food, water and sanitation facilities. The conversation will focus on the threats indigenous communities face from big corporations, governments and the climate.

In English

In Spanish

Bryan Stevenson

Lecture with Bryan Stevenson

Beat the drum for justice: 13th Right Livelihood Lecture at the University of Zurich with Bryan Stevenson

December 1, 6:30pm CET

  • Welcome and moderation: Prof. Dr. Gesine Krüger, Department of History, University of Zurich
  • Speech: Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman, President of the University of Zurich; Prof. Dr. Lorenz Hilty, Sustainability Delegate of the University of Zurich
  • Presentation: The 2020 Right Livelihood Laureates
  • Lecture: Bryan Stevenson “Standing up for Human Courage”
  • Closing: Anne Rüffer, President of the Right Livelihood Foundation Switzerland
  • Language: English
  • Livestream link: TBA

In partnership with the University of Zurich.

Bryan Stevenson is a leading US civil rights lawyer striving to reform the country’s criminal justice system to ensure equal rights for all. As systemic injustice disproportionately affects people of colour, Stevenson has dedicated his life to the pursuit of racial equality and challenging the historical legacy of institutional racism in the United States. Stevenson’s decades-long struggle to stand up for the marginalised, including people on death row, has paved the way for a more just society.

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Ales Bialiatski

Webinar with Ales Bialiatski

Voices in Belarus that cannot be silenced – a conversation about Europe’s last dictatorship

December 2, 4pm CET

  • Moderator: Parul Sharma, Chair Amnesty International, Sweden
  • Panellists: Ambassador Kent Härstedt, Swedish Government Special Envoy; Anders L. Pettersson, Executive Director, Civil Rights Defenders
  • Livestream link: rightlivelihood.org

In cooperation with and broadcasted from Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre.

August 9, 2020, the date of the rigged elections in Belarus, marks the start of a nationwide uprising. Since then, the world has watched demonstrations and local uprisings against what is seen as the last remaining dictatorship in Europe. The government of Belarus has tried to silence the peaceful demonstrations with violent strategies of suppression, such as torture, sexual violence and abductions. Ales Bialiatski and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” have for almost 25 years campaigned for democracy and freedom, and provided support for political prisoners, reporting thousands of arrests since the election. The protestors and human rights defenders witness continuous violations of human rights and fear for their lives and liberty while simply trying to exercise their right to freedom of expression.

The conversation will focus on the threats for human rights defenders in Belarus, the torture political prisoners face and the challenging situation for everyone peacefully fighting the regime in Belarus.

Online campaign in support of Nasrin Sotoudeh


The Right Livelihood Foundation and PEN America are calling on the human rights community to participate in the campaign #StandUp4Nasrin. We invite you to join us to collectively and unanimously request the Iranian government to permanently release her, and drop all charges against her.