Public Events with European Laureates

Public events with Right Livelihood Award Laureates attending the Regional Conference will be held on 31 October. Please find additional information and registration details below.

Environmental Human Rights Defenders in Europe: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities

31 October 2016, 11am-1pm, International Environment House II , 7-9 ch. de Balexert

Environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) are facing heightened risk and challenges in their environmental activism, in every region of the world. They are subject to killings, detention, threats, intimidation, stigma and criminalization from State and non-State actors (Source OHCHR). Every week, on average, two environmental and land rights activists are killed and the numbers are getting worse, according to the international NGO Global Witness.

This roundtable discussion will involve three Right Livelihood Award Laureates working at the frontlines in different countries, who will discuss the threats, challenges and opportunities they face as environmental human rights defenders.


Alla Yaroshinskaya – Right Livelihood Award Laureate 1992, investigative journalist, Russia

János Vargha – Right Livelihood Award Laureate 1985, Founder of Duna Kör, Hungary

Birsel Lemke, Right Livelihood Award Laureate 2000, environmental activist, Turkey

Marc Limon, Executive Director, Universal Rights Group


Barbara Ruis, Legal Officer, Europe Office, UN Environment

More information is found here.

Please register here.

This event is co-organised with the Universal Rights Group, the Geneva Environment Network and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


From Nuclear Disarmament to Nuclear Security: Implications for Human Security

31 October 2016, 12pm-2pm, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Maison de la Paix

Instead of reducing their roles in security doctrines, some states now envisage scenarios of use of nuclear weapons and long-term modernization plans are under way. Existing stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium  could allow manufacturing some 144,000 additional nuclear weapons. According to former US Secretary of Defense William Perry, “Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.”

A panel of experts in the nuclear field, including two Right Livelihood Award Laureates, will discuss those questions and share their experience and knowledge with the audience.


Angie Zelter – Campaigner for the abolition of nuclear weapons, Trident Ploughshares

Mycle Schneider – Lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, member of the International Panel on Fissile Material (IPFM)

Bruno Pellaud – Honorary President of the Swiss Nuclear Forum

Marc Finaud – Senior Programme Advisor, Emerging Security Challenges Programme; Arms Proliferation Cluster Responsible 

Please register here.

This event is co-organised with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).


Healing the Wounds: Promoting Access to Health and Gender Justice in Conflict Zone

31 October 2016, 12:30pm-2pm, Auditorium A1, Maison de la Paix

In times of conflict, access to basic healthcare is often compromised and principles of international humanitarian law frequently violated leaving populations at risk. Women are frequently in the front lines and too often find themselves in situations of abuse and violence. This interactive seminar with two Right Livelihood Award Laureates will examine the gendered challenges facing medical professionals and activists operating in conflict zones.


Dr. Gino Strada – founder of EMERGENCY, Italy

Dr. Monika Hauser – founder of Medica Mondiale, Germany

Veronica Birga – Chief, Women’s Human Rights and Gender Section, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

More information is found here. Please register here.

This event is co-organised with the Gender Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


On the Road to Transitional Justice: Memorialization in Russia and the Balkans

31 October 2016, 12:30pm-2pm, Villa Moynier, Cassese Room

The creation of a collective memory in post authoritarian and post conflict countries poses a great challenge to human rights activists in the context of ethnic divisions and state oppression. Through the falsification of facts from the past, the path to transitional justice and a sustainable peace in the present faces significant obstacles. This interactive seminar features two Right Livelihood Award Laureates from Croatia and Russia who address, in their daily work, issues related to memorialization, reconciliation and dialogue among communities. During this event, they will discuss the challenges and opportunities of memorialization in two societies in transition.


Vesna Terselic – Director of DOCUMENTA, Croatia

Grigory Okhotin – Active member of Memorial, Russia


Frank Haldemann and Thomas Unger, Directors of the Geneva Academy Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

More information is found here.

This event is co-organised with the The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Fostering Solidarity for Human Rights, Peace and Justice

31 October 2016, 6pm-8pm, Ecumenical Centre, 150 Route de Ferney, 1211 Geneva 2

Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, the promise of self-determination, and a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian state remains an unrealized dream for the Palestinian people. The scourge of torture remains of great concern in the context of the war against terror. Minorities and indigenous people face everyday violence and denial of their basic human rights from Brazil to Hungary to Botswana. Yet, local and global struggles for human rights, peace and justice continue to thrive in the face of increasing repression against civil society across the world. This seminar seeks to integrate different perspectives on the struggle to advance human rights, peace and justice by showcasing the experiences of six Right Livelihood Award Laureates.


Raji Sourani – Director of Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (via Skype)

Ida Kuklina – The Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia

Johan Galtung – Founder of TRANSCEND International

Andraś Biró – Founder of Hungarian Foundation for Self-Reliance

Stephen Corry – Director of Survival International

Victor Madrigal-Borloz – Secretary-General of International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims


Peter Prove – Director for International Affairs of World Council of Churches

More information is found here. Please register by email at

This event is co-organised with the Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches.