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The 38th Right Livelihood Award Presentation is coming up
The celebration of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureates is approaching. It starts in Stockholm where the 38th Award Presentation takes place on 1 December at the unique Vasa Museum. The programme continues during a week full of political and public events in the Swedish capital, Berlin and Geneva.
Seven party groups of the Swedish Parliament have invited the Laureates to a sizeable event in the Second Chamber with its 350 seats. Only a few hours before the Award Presentation, the Laureates will speak about their work and the most pressing challenges within their different fields.
The annual public conversation with the new Laurates titled “Change by Championing Justice” is being held at Maison de la Paix in Geneva on 6 December, organised in partnership with The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. A public lecture with 2017 Laureate Yetnebersh Nigussie will also take place in Zürich on 11 December.
Follow the conversations and take part in the celebration of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureates wherever you are! The following events will be livestreamed on our website and are also available to watch later on:
Seminar in the Swedish Parliament: 1 December, 13:30-15:00 (CET)
Award Presentation at the Vasa Museum: 1 December, 19:30-22:00 (CET)
Creating Change by Championing Justice – Public Conversation, 6 December, 18:30-20:00 (CET)
44 Right Livelihood Award Laureates: Dismiss the Case Against Thailand’s Sulak Sivaraksa
Right Livelihood Award Laureate Sulak Sivaraksa, aged 84, faces up to 15 years in jail after being officially charged with lèse-majesté relating to a speech in which he referenced the role of 16th century King Naresuan at the Battle of Nong Sarai in 1593. 44 fellow Laureates from 32 different countries are today together with representatives of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation demanding the case be dismissed in an open letter to Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai. Sivaraksa was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1995 for his “vision activism and spiritual commitment in the quest for a development process that is rooted in democracy justice and cultural integrity”.
“To be a decent human being, one must be able to speak the truth, especially to those in power,” said Sulak Sivaraksa.
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Journalism is Not a Crime
“We need our freedom!” On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we honour Khadija Ismayilova, Cumhuriyet and all brave journalists around the globe who through their daily work are fighting to uphold Freedom of Expression and a Free Press. This song, performed by Kristin Amparo at the Vasa Museum during last year’s Award Presentation, is for you. Journalism is not a crime.
Instead of celebrating Khadija Ismayilova’s important contributions to justice in her home country, the Azeri government has responded to her reports with smear campaigns and fabricated criminal charges. She is currently under a travel ban and has been denied permission to travel to Stockholm to receive her well deserved Right Livelihood Award on 1 December.
A year has passed since 17 Cumhuriyet journalists were arrested. If found guilty, they face the prospect of up to 43 years imprisonment. Four of them: Murat Subuncu, Akin Atalay, Ahmet Sik, and Emre Iper are still in detention at Silivri Maximum Security Prison.
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Transitional Justice and International Law: The Case of Hissène Habré
From 16th to 19th October, Jacqueline Moudeina (Chad, 2011) was in Moscow to meet with Memorial International and share her experience on Transitional Justice and the case of Hissène Habré, in a public lecture delivered at the Library of Foreign Literature.
This was the second in a series of lectures conceived to provide solidarity towards Memorial (Russia, 2004), and inform the Russian public on the important work being done by civil society globally, emphasise the universality of human rights principles and facilitate exchanges between Right Livelihood Award Laureates, Memorial staff and other NGOs based in Moscow.
The passionate lecture delivered by Jacqueline Moudeina made the public aware of her outstanding work with hundreds of survivors and undiscovered archives, which led to the incrimination of the dictator Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity. Interview with Moudeina
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Right Livelihood Award Foundation mourns Bernard Lédéa Ouédraogo
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of Bernard Lédéa Ouédraogo from Burkina Faso, who received the Right Livelihood Award in 1990 “for strengthening peasant self-help movements all over West Africa”.
“On behalf of the entire Right Livelihood Award family, I would like to express our deepest condolences to Ouédraogo’s family. Bernard Lédéa Ouédraogo was not only a true visionary, he created real change on the ground by developing and implementing his ideas through practical work together with the local population. His work has empowered thousands of people across Burkina Faso and will continue to do so for a long time”, said Ole von Uexkull, Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.
Bernard Lédéa Ouédraogo passed away on October 25, 2017, at the age of 87 due to illness. The Right Livelihood Award Foundation is sending its deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues at the National Federation of Naam Groupings. Read more