Right Livelihood Award

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Right Livelihood Award
Awarded for"Practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today"
Presented byRight Livelihood
First awarded1980

The Right Livelihood Award is an international award to "honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today."[1] The prize was established in 1980 by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, and is presented annually in early December.[2] An international jury, invited by the five regular Right Livelihood Award board members, decides the awards in such fields as environmental protection, human rights, sustainable development, health, education, and peace.[3] The prize money is shared among the winners, usually numbering four, and is €200,000.[4] Very often one of the four laureates receives an honorary award, which means that the other three share the prize money.[3]

Although it has been promoted as an "Alternative Nobel Prize",[5][6][7][8][9] it does not have any organizational ties at all to the awarding institutions of the Nobel Prize or the Nobel Foundation.

The Right Livelihood Award committee arranged for awards to be made in the Riksdag of Sweden the day before the Nobel prizes and the economics prize are awarded in Stockholm. The Right Livelihood Awards are generally understood as a critique of the traditional Nobel prizes.[9]

The establishment of this award followed a failed attempt to have the Nobel Foundation create new prizes in the areas of environmental protection, sustainable development and human rights. The prize has been awarded to a diverse group of people and organisations, including Wangari Maathai, Astrid Lindgren, Bianca Jagger, Mordechai Vanunu, Leopold Kohr, Arna Mer-Khamis, Felicia Langer, Petra Kelly, Survival International, Amy Goodman, Catherine Hamlin, Memorial, Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, and Greta Thunberg.


Since 1985, the ceremony has taken place in Stockholm's old Parliament building, in the days before the traditional Nobel prizes are awarded in the same city. A group of Swedish Parliamentarians from different parties host the ceremony; in 2009 European Commissioner Margot Wallström co-hosted the ceremony. However, in 2014 when it became public that one of the recipients of the 2014 prize was whistleblower Edward Snowden, the ceremonial group was disinvited from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs building in Stockholm.[10]

In 2019, marking the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Award, the ceremony was held at Cirkus in front of a live audience of more than 1,200 people. World-renowned artists such as José González and Ane Brun were among the night's performers.[11]

Nature of the award[edit]

Some media refer to the prize as the Alternative Nobel Prize,[3] and the prize is frequently understood as a critique of the traditional Nobel prizes.[9] The prize differs significantly from the Nobel Prizes:

  • It is not a fulfillment of Alfred Nobel's bequest and thus not one of Nobel's own prizes.
  • It has an open nomination process (anyone can nominate anyone else, except close relatives or their own organizations).[12]
  • It is not limited to specific categories.[4]
  • The prize money is considerably lower than that of the Nobel Prize. Currently it is €200,000 compared to about €1,000,000 for a Nobel Prize.
  • The funds for the prizes now come from donations.[1] while the Nobel Prizes come from the revenue of Alfred Nobel's fortune. The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (which is technically not a Nobel Prize) is financed by the Sveriges Riksbank.


Jakob von Uexküll, a philanthropist, sold his stamp collection worth US$1 million, which provided the initial funding for the award. Before establishing the award in 1980, von Uexkull had tried to persuade the Nobel Foundation to establish new prizes to be awarded together with the Nobel Prizes. He suggested new prize categories to be created: one in ecology and one in development.[13] Like the Nobel Economics Prize, this would have been possible with an amendment to the Nobel Foundation statutes and funding of the prize amount completely separate from Nobel's fortune. The Nobel Prize amount was 880,000 Swedish kronor at that time,[14] which corresponded to US$195,000.[15] However, as a result of the debate that followed the establishment of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (first awarded in 1969), the Nobel Foundation had decided not to associate the Nobel Prize with any additional awards, so von Uexküll's proposal was rejected.[16]

From 1980 to 2021, the foundation presented awards to 186 laureates from 73 countries.[17] Its self-described purpose is to bestow prizes and thus publicize the work of recipients' local solutions to worldwide problems.[18]


Year Image Laureates[19] Country Citation
Hassan Fathy
 Egypt "for developing an 'Architecture for the Poor'."
Stephen Gaskin
 United States
"for caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home and abroad."
Plenty International
Mike Cooley
 United Kingdom "for designing and promoting the theory and practice of human-centred, socially useful production."
Bill Mollison
 Australia "for developing and promoting the theory and practice of permaculture."
Patrick van Rensburg
 South Africa
"for developing replicable educational models for the third world majority."
Foundation for Education with Production (FEP)
Erik Dammann
(b. 1931)
 Norway "for challenging Western values and lifestyles in order to promote a more responsible attitude to the environment and the third world."
Anwar Fazal
(b. 1941)
 Malaysia "for fighting for the rights of consumers and helping them to do the same."
Petra Kelly
 Germany "for forging and implementing a new vision uniting ecological concerns with disarmament, social justice and human rights."
Participatory Institute for Development Alternatives (PIDA)  Sri Lanka "for developing exemplary processes of self-reliant, participatory development among the poor in Asia."
George Trevelyan
 United Kingdom "for educating the adult spirit to a new non-materialistic vision of human nature."
Leopold Kohr
 Austria "for his early inspiration of the movement for a human scale."
Amory Lovins
(b 1947)
 United States "for pioneering soft energy paths for global security."
Hunter Sheldon-Lovins
(b. 1950)
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Manfred Max-Neef
 Chile "for revitalising small and medium-sized communities through 'Barefoot Economics'."
Centre for Development Alternatives (CEPAUR)
Yutaka Gibbons
 Palau "for upholding the democratic, constitutional right of their island to remain nuclear-free."
The People of Belau
Imane Khalifeh
 Lebanon "for inspiring and organising the Beirut peace movement."
Ela Bhatt
 India "for helping home-based producers to organise for their welfare and self-respect."
Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
Winefreda Geonzon
 Philippines "for giving assistance to prisoners and aiding their rehabilitation."
Free Legal Assistance Volunteers' Association (FREE LAVA)
Wangari Maathai
 Kenya "for converting the Kenyan ecological debate into mass action for reforestation."
Green Belt Movement (GBM)
Theo van Boven
(b. 1934)
 Netherlands "for speaking out on human rights abuse without fear or favour in the international community."
Cary Fowler
(b. 1949)
 United States "for working to save the world's genetic plant heritage."
Pat Mooney
(b. 1947)
Rural Advancement Fund International (RAFI)  United States
Rajni Kothari
 India "for linking and strengthening local groups working to protect civil liberties, women's rights and the environment."
Dialogue of the People [Lokayan]
János Vargha
(b. 1949)
 Hungary "for working under unusually difficult circumstances to preserve the river Danube, a vital part of Hungary's environment."
Danube Circle [Duna Kör]
Robert Jungk
 Austria "for struggling indefatigably on behalf of peace, sane alternatives for the future and ecological awareness."
Rosalie Bertell, S.G.M.  Canada "for raising public awareness about the destruction of the biosphere and human gene pool, especially by low-level radiation."
Alice Stewart
 United Kingdom "for bringing to light in the face of official opposition the real dangers of low-level radiation."
Helena Norberg-Hodge
(b. 1946)
 Sweden "for preserving the traditional culture and values of Ladakh against the onslaught of tourism and development."
Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG)  India
Evaristo Nugkuag Ikanan
(b. 1950)
 Peru "for organising to protect the rights of the Indians of the Amazon basin."
Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP)
Johan Galtung
 Norway "for his systematic and multidisciplinary study of the conditions which can lead to peace."
The Chipko Movement  India "for its dedication to the conservation, restoration and ecologically-sound use of India's natural resources."
Hans-Peter Dürr
 Germany "for his profound critique of the strategic defence initiative (SDI) and his work to convert high technology to peaceful uses."
Global Challenges Network
Frances Moore Lappé
(b. 1944)
 United States "for revealing the political and economic causes of world hunger and how citizens can help to remedy them."
Institute for Food and Development Policy
Mordechai Vanunu
(b. 1952)
 Israel "for his courage and self-sacrifice in revealing the extent of Israel's nuclear weapons programme."
Inge Genefke
(b. 1938)
 Denmark "for helping those whose lives have been shattered by torture to regain their health and personality."
International Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (IRCT)
José Lutzenberger
 Brazil "for his contribution to protecting the natural environment in Brazil and worldwide."
John Charlewood Turner
 United Kingdom "for championing the rights of people to build, manage and sustain their own shelter and communities."
Mohammed Idris
 Malaysia "for their exemplary struggle to save the tropical forests of Sarawak."
Harrison Ngau Laing
(b. 1959)
Friends of Nature Malaysia [Sahabat Alam Malaysia, SAM]
the Penan people
Seikatsu Club Consumers' Co-operative Union (SCCCU)  Japan "for creating the most successful, sustainable model of production and consumption in the industrialised world."
Melaku Worede
 Ethiopia "for preserving Ethiopia's genetic wealth by building one of the finest seed conservation centres in the world."
Aklilu Lemma
 Ethiopia "for discovering and campaigning relentlessly for an affordable preventative against bilharzia."
Legesse Wolde-Yohannes
(b. 1936)
Survival International  United Kingdom "for working with tribal peoples to secure their rights, livelihood and self-determination."
Alice Tepper Marlin
(b. 1944)
 United States "for showing the direction in which the Western economy must develop to promote the well-being of humanity."
Council on Economic Priorities (SA8000)
Bernard Lédéa Ouédraogo [fr]
 Burkina Faso "for strengthening peasant self-help movements all over West Africa."
Felicia Langer
"for the exemplary courage of her advocacy for the basic rights of the Palestinian people."
Association of Peasant Workers of the Carare (Asociación de Trabajadores Campesinos del Carare, ATCC)  Colombia "for its outstanding commitment to peace, family and community in the midst of the most senseless violence."
Edward Goldsmith
 United Kingdom "for his uncompromising critique of industrialism and promotion of environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives to it."
Baba Amte
 India "for their inspired opposition to the disastrous Narmada Valley dams project and their promotion of alternatives designed to benefit the poor and the environment."
Medha Patkar
(b. 1954)
Save the Narmada Movement [Narmada Bachao Andolan, NBA]
Bengt Danielsson
"for exposing the tragic results of, and advocating an end, to French nuclear colonialism."
Marie-Thérèse Sailley-Danielsson
Jeton Anjain
 Marshall Islands "for their steadfast struggle against United States nuclear policy in support of their right to live on an unpolluted Rongelap island."
The People of Rongelap
Landless Workers' Movement [Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, MST]  Brazil "for winning land for landless families and helping them to farm it sustainably."
Finnish Village Action Movement [Suomen Kylät, SK]  Finland "for showing a dynamic path to rural regeneration decentralisation and popular empowerment."
Zafrullah Chowdhury
 Bangladesh "for their outstanding record of promotion of health and human development."
People's Health Centre [Gonoshasthaya Kendra]
Helen Mack Chang
(b. 1952)
 Guatemala "for her personal courage and persistence in seeking justice and an end to the impunity of political murderers."
John Gofman
 United States "for his pioneering work in exposing the health effects of low-level radiation."
Alla Yaroshinskaya
(b. 1953)
 Ukraine "for revealing, against official opposition and persecution, the extent of the damaging effects of the Chernobyl disaster on local people."
Arna Mer-Khamis
 Israel "for passionate commitment to the defence and education of the children of Palestine."
Care and Learning
Sithembiso Nyoni
(b. 1949)
 Zimbabwe "for building a remarkable grassroots movement and motivating its million members to follow their own path of human development."
Organisation of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP)
Vandana Shiva
(b. 1952)
 India "for placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse."
Mary Dann (1923–2005)  United States "for exemplary courage and perseverance in asserting the rights of indigenous people to their land."
Carrie Dann (1932–2021)
Astrid Lindgren
 Sweden "for her unique authorship dedicated to the rights of children and respect for their individuality."
Service Volunteered for All (SERVOL)  Trinidad and Tobago "for fostering spiritual values, cooperation and family responsibility in building society."
Hanumappa Sudarshan
(b. 1950)
 India "for showing how tribal culture can contribute to a process that secures the basic rights and fundamental needs of indigenous people and conserves their environment."
Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK)
Ken Saro-Wiwa
 Nigeria "for their exemplary courage in striving non-violently for the civil, economic and environmental rights of their people."
Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP)
András Bíró
(b. 1925)
 Hungary "for their resolute defence of Hungary's Roma minority and effective efforts to aid their self-development."
Hungarian Foundation for Self-Reliance [Autonómia Alapítvány, HFSR]
Serb Civic Council [Srpsko Građansko Vijeće, SGV]  Bosnia and Herzegovina "for maintaining their support for a humane, multi-ethnic, democratic Bosnia-Herzegovina."
Carmel Budiardjo
 United Kingdom
"for holding the Indonesian government accountable for its actions and upholding the universality of fundamental human rights."
Political Prisoners [Tahanan Politik, TAPOL]
Sulak Sivaraksa
(b. 1933)
 Thailand "for his vision, activism and spiritual commitment in the quest for a development process that is rooted in democracy, justice and cultural integrity."
Herman Daly
 United States "for defining a path of ecological economics that integrates the key elements of ethics, quality of life, environment and community."
Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia [Союз Комитетов Солдатских Матерей России, CKCMP]  Russia "for their courage in upholding the common humanity of Russians and Chechens and opposing the militarism and violence in Chechnya."
People's Science Movement of Kerala [Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad, KSSP]  India "for its major contribution to a model of development rooted in social justice and popular participation."
George Vithoulkas
(b. 1932)
 Greece "for his outstanding contribution to the revival of homeopathic knowledge and the training of homeopaths to the highest standards."
Joseph Ki-Zerbo
 Burkina Faso "for a lifetime of scholarship and activism that has identified the key principles and processes by which Africans can create a better future."
Jinzaburo Takagi
 Japan "for serving to alert the world to the unparalleled dangers of plutonium to human life."
Mycle Schneider
(b. 1959)
Michael Succow
(b. 1941)
 Germany "for his commitment to safeguard natural eco-systems and areas of outstanding natural value for future generations."
Cindy Duehring
 United States "for putting her personal tragedy at the service of humanity by helping others understand and combat the risks posed by toxic chemicals."
International Baby Food Action Network "for its committed and affective campaigning in support of breastfeeding."
Samuel Epstein
 United States "for his exemplary life of scholarship wedded to activism on behalf of humanity."
Juan Pablo Orrego
(b. 1949)
 Chile "for his personal courage, self-sacrifice and perseverance in working for sustainable development in Chile."
Biobío Action Group [Grupo de Acción por el Biobío, GABB]
Katarina Kruhonja
(b. 1949)
 Croatia "for their dedication to a long-term process of peace-building and reconciliation in the Balkans."
Vesna Terselic
(b. 1962)
Hermann Scheer
 Germany "for his indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide."
Juan Garcés
(b. 1944)
 Spain "for his long-standing efforts to end the impunity of dictators."
Consolidation of the Amazon Region (COAMA)  Colombia "for showing how indigenous people can improve their livelihood, sustain their culture and conserve their rainforests."
Organic Agriculture Group [Grupo de Agricultura Orgánica, GAO]  Cuba "for showing that organic agriculture is a key to both environmental sustainability and food security."
Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher
(b. 1940)
 Ethiopia "for his exemplary work to safeguard biodiversity and the traditional rights of farmers and communities to their genetic resources."
Munir Said Thalib
 Indonesia "for his courage and dedication in fighting for human rights and civilian control of the military in Indonesia."
Birsel Lemke
(b. 1950)
 Turkey "for her long-standing struggle to protect her country from the devastation of cyanide-based gold mining."
Wes Jackson
(b. 1936)
 United States "for his single-minded commitment to developing an agriculture that is both highly productive and truly ecologically sustainable."
José Antonio Abreu
 Venezuela "for achieving a unique cultural renaissance, bringing the joys of music to countless disadvantaged children and communities."
Uri Avnery
 Israel "for their unwavering conviction, in the midst of violence that peace can only be achieved through justice and reconciliation."
Rachel Greenboim-Avnery (1932–2011)
Gush Shalom Movement
Leonardo Boff
(b. 1938)
 Brazil "for his inspiring insights and practical work to help people realise the links between human spirituality, social justice and environmental stewardship."
Trident Ploughshares  United Kingdom "for providing a practical model of principled, transparent and non-violent direct action dedicated to ridding the world of nuclear weapons."
Martin Green
(b. 1948)
 Australia "for his dedication and outstanding success in the harnessing of solar energy, the key technological challenge of our age."
Kamenge Youth Centre (Centre Jeunes Kamenge, CJK)  Burundi "for their exemplary courage and compassion in overcoming ethnic divisions during civil war so that young people can live and build a peaceful future together."
Woman To Woman Foundation [Kvinna Till Kvinna]  Sweden "for its successes in addressing ethnic hatred by helping war-torn women to be the major agents of peace-building and reconciliation."
Martín Almada
(b. 1937)
 Paraguay "for his outstanding courage in bringing torturers to justice, and promoting democracy, human rights and sustainable development."
David Lange
 New Zealand "for his steadfast work over many years for a world free of nuclear weapons."
Nicanor Perlas
(b. 1950)
 Philippines "for his outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalisation, and how alternatives to it can be implemented."
Walden Bello
(b. 1945)
Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice (CCEJ)  South Korea "for its rigorous wide-ranging reform programme, based on economic and social justice, accountability and reconciliation with North Korea."
Ibrahim Abouleish
 Egypt "for a 21st century business model which combines commercial success with social and cultural development."
Swami Agnivesh
 India "for promoting over many years in South Asia the values of religious and communal co-existence, tolerance and mutual understanding."
Asghar Ali Engineer
Memorial Society  Russia "for showing, in traumatic times, the importance of understanding the historical roots of human rights abuse, to secure respect for them in the future."
Bianca Jagger
(b. 1950)
 Nicaragua "for her dedicated commitment and campaigning for human rights, social justice and environmental protection."
Raúl Montenegro
(b. 1949)
 Argentina "for his outstanding work with local communities and indigenous people to protect the environment and natural resources."
Maude Barlow
(b. 1947)
 Canada "for their exemplary and longstanding worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental human right to water."
Tony Clarke
(b. 1944)
Irene Fernandez
 Malaysia "for her outstanding and courageous work to stop violence against women and abuses of migrant and poor workers."
Roy Sesana
(b. c. 1950)
 Botswana "for his resolute resistance against eviction from their ancestral lands, and for upholding the right to their traditional way of life."
First People of the Kalahari (FPK)
Francisco Toledo
 Mexico "for devoting himself and his art to the protection and enhancement of the heritage, environment and community life of his native Oaxaca."
Daniel Ellsberg
 United States "for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example."
Ruth Manorama
(b. 1952)
 India "for her commitment over decades to achieving equality for Dalit women, building effective and committed women's organisations and working for their rights at national and international levels."
Chico Whitaker
(b. 1931)
 Brazil "for a lifetime's dedicated work for social justice that has strengthened democracy in Brazil and helped give birth to the World Social Forum, showing that 'another world is possible'."
International Poetry Festival of Medellín [Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín]  Colombia "for showing how creativity, beauty, free expression and community can flourish amongst and overcome even deeply entrenched fear and violence."
Christopher Weeramantry
 Sri Lanka "for his lifetime of ground-breaking work to strengthen and expand the rule of international law."
Dekha Ibrahim Abdi
 Kenya "for showing in diverse ethnic and cultural situations how religious and other differences can be reconciled, even after violent conflict, and knitted together through a cooperative process that leads to peace and development."
Percy Schmeiser
 Canada "for their courage in defending biodiversity and farmers' rights, and challenging the environmental and moral perversity of current interpretations of patent laws."
Louise Walken-Schmeiser
(b. 1931)
Grameen Shakti (GS)  Bangladesh "for bringing sustainable light and power to thousands of Bangladeshi villages, promoting health, education, and productivity."
Krishnammal Jagannathan
(b. 1926)
 India "for two long lifetimes of work dedicated to realising in practice the Gandhian vision of social justice and sustainable human development, for which they have been referred to as 'India's soul'."
Sankaralingam Jagannathan
Land for Tillers' Freedom (LAFTI)
Amy Goodman
(b. 1957)
 United States "for developing an innovative model of truly independent political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by mainstream media."
Asha Haji Elmi
(b. 1962)
 Somalia "for continuing to lead at great personal risk the female participation in the peace and reconciliation process in her war-ravaged country."
Monika Hauser
(b. 1959)
"for her tireless commitment to working with women who have experienced the most horrific sexual violence in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, and campaigning for them to receive social recognition and compensation."
Catherine Hamlin
"for her fifty years dedicated to treating obstetric fistula patients, thereby restoring the health, hope and dignity of thousands of Africa's poorest women."
René Ngongo
(b. 1961)
 Democratic Republic of the Congo "for his courage in confronting the forces that are destroying the Congo's rainforests and building political support for their conservation and sustainable use."
David Suzuki
(b. 1936)
 Canada "for his lifetime advocacy of the socially responsible use of science, and for his massive contribution to raising awareness about the perils of climate change and building public support for policies to address it."
Alyn Ware
(b. 1962)
 New Zealand "for his effective and creative advocacy and initiatives over two decades to further peace education and to rid the world of nuclear weapons."
Nnimmo Bassey
(b. 1958)
 Nigeria "for revealing the full ecological and human horrors of oil production and for his inspired work to strengthen the environmental movement in Nigeria and globally."
Erwin Kräutler, C.Pp.S.
(b. 1939)
"for a lifetime of work for the human and environmental rights of indigenous peoples and for his tireless efforts to save the Amazon forest from destruction."
Shrikrishna Upadhyay
(b. 1945)
   Nepal "for demonstrating over many years the power of community mobilisation to address the multiple causes of poverty even when threatened by political violence and instability."
Support Activities for Poor Producers of Nepal (SAPPROS)
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR–I)  Israel "for their indomitable spirit in working for the right to health for all people in Israel and Palestine."
Huang Ming
(b. 1958)
 China "for his outstanding success in the development and mass-deployment of cutting-edge technologies for harnessing solar energy, thereby showing how dynamic emerging economies can contribute to resolving the global crisis of anthropogenic climate change."
Jacqueline Moudeina
(b. 1957)
 Chad "for her tireless efforts at great personal risk to win justice for the victims of the former dictatorship in Chad and to increase awareness and observance of human rights in Africa."
GRAIN  Spain "for their worldwide work to protect the livelihoods and rights of farming communities and to expose the massive purchases of farmland in developing countries by foreign financial interests."
Ina May Gaskin
(b. 1940)
 United States "for her whole-life's work teaching and advocating safe, woman-centred childbirth methods that best promote the physical and mental health of mother and child."
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT)  United Kingdom "for their innovative and effective campaigning against the global trade in arms."
Gene Sharp
 United States "for developing and articulating the core principles and strategies of nonviolent resistance and supporting their practical implementation in conflict areas around the world."
Hayrettin Karaca
 Turkey "for a lifetime and tireless advocacy and support for the protection and stewardship of our natural world, combining successful entrepreneurship with effective environmental activism."
Sima Samar
(b. 1957)
 Afghanistan "for her longstanding and courageous dedication to human rights, especially the rights of women, in one of the most complex and dangerous regions in the world."
Paul Walker
(b. 1946)
 United States "for working tirelessly to rid the world of chemical weapons."
Hans Rudolf Herren
(b. 1947)
  Switzerland "for his expertise and pioneering work in promoting a safe, secure and sustainable global food supply."
Biovision Foundation
Raji Sourani
(b. 1953)
 Palestine "for his unwavering dedication to the rule of law and human rights under exceptionally difficult circumstances."
Denis Mukwege
(b. 1955)
 Democratic Republic of the Congo "for his courageous work healing women survivors of war-time sexual violence and speaking up about its root causes.
Bill McKibben
(b. 1960)
 United States "for mobilising growing popular support in the USA and around the world for strong action to counter the threat of global climate change."
Basil Fernando
(b. 1944)
 Sri Lanka "for his tireless and outstanding work to support and document the implementation of human rights in Asia."
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)  Hong Kong SAR, China
Asma Jahangir
 Pakistan "for defending, protecting and promoting human rights in Pakistan and more widely, often in very difficult and complex situations and at great personal risk."
Alan Rusbridger
(b. 1953)
 United Kingdom "for building a global media organisation dedicated to responsible journalism in the public interest, undaunted by the challenges of exposing corporate and government malpractices."
Edward Snowden
(b. 1983)
 United States "for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights."
Sheila Watt-Cloutier
(b. 1953)
 Canada "for her lifelong work to protect the Inuit of the Arctic and defend their right to maintain their livelihoods and culture, which are acutely threatened by climate change."
Tony deBrum
 Marshall Islands "in recognition of their vision and courage to take legal action against the nuclear powers for failing to honour their disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law."
The People of the Marshall Islands
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera
(b. 1980)
 Uganda "for her courage and persistence, despite violence and intimidation, in working for the right of LGBTI people to a life free from prejudice and persecution."
Gino Strada
 Italy "for his great humanity and skill in providing outstanding medical and surgical services to the victims of conflict and injustice, while fearlessly addressing the causes of war."
Cumhuriyet  Turkey "for their fearless investigate journalism and commitment to freedom of expression in the face of oppression, censorship, imprisonment and death threats."
Syrian Civil Defense (SCD)  Syria "for their outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians from the destruction of the Syrian civil war."
Mozn Hassan
(b. 1979)
 Egypt "for asserting the equality and rights of women in circumstances where they are subject to ongoing violence, abuse and discrimination."
Nazra for Feminist Studies
Svetlana Gannushkina
(b. 1942)
 Russia "for her decades-long commitment to promoting human rights and justice for refugees and forced migrants, and tolerance among different ethnic groups."
Robert Bilott
(b. 1965)
 United States "for exposing a decades-long history of chemical pollution, winning long-sought justice for the victims, and setting a precedent for effective regulation of hazardous substances."
Colin Gonsalves
(b. 1952)
 India "for his tireless and innovative use of public interest litigation over three decades to secure fundamental human rights for India's most marginalised and vulnerable citizens."
Khadija Ismayilova
(b. 1976)
 Azerbaijan "for her courage and tenacity in exposing corruption at the highest levels of government through outstanding investigative journalism in the name of transparency and accountability."
Yetnebersh Nigussie
(b. 1982)
 Ethiopia "for her inspiring work promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities, allowing them to realise their full potential and changing mind-sets in our societies."
Thelma Aldana Hernández
(b. 1955)
 Guatemala "for their innovative work in exposing abuse of power and prosecuting corruption, thus rebuilding people's trust in public institutions."
Iván Velásquez Gómez
(b. 1955)
Yacouba Sawadogo
 Burkina Faso "for turning barren land into forest and demonstrating how farmers can regenerate their soil with innovative use of indigenous and local knowledge."
Abdullah al-Hamid
 Saudi Arabia "for their visionary and courageous efforts, guided by universal human rights principles, to reform the totalitarian political system in Saudi Arabia."
Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani
(b. 1965)
Waleed Sami Abulkhair
(b. 1979)
Tony Rinaudo
(b. 1957)
 Australia "for demonstrating on a large scale how drylands can be greened at minimal cost, improving the livelihoods of millions of people."
Greta Thunberg
(b. 2003)
 Sweden "for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts."
Aminatou Haidar
(b. 1957)
 Western Sahara "for her steadfast nonviolent action, despite imprisonment and torture, in pursuit of justice and self-determination for the people of Western Sahara."
Davi Kopenawa Yanomami
(b. c. 1956)
 Brazil "for their courageous determination to protect the forests and biodiversity of the Amazon, and the lands and culture of its indigenous peoples."
Hutukara Yanomami Association
Guo Jianmei
(b. 1961)
 China "for her pioneering and persistent work in securing women's rights in China."
Nasrin Sotoudeh
(b. 1963)
 Iran "for her fearless activism, at great personal risk, to promote political freedoms and human rights in Iran."
Bryan Stevenson
(b. 1959)
 United States "for his inspiring endeavour to reform the US criminal justice system and advance racial reconciliation in the face of historic trauma."
Lottie Cunningham Wren
(b. 1959)
 Nicaragua "for her ceaseless dedication to the protection of indigenous lands and communities from exploitation and plunder."
Ales Bialiatski
(b. 1962)
 Belarus "for their resolute struggle for the realisation of democracy and human rights in Belarus."
Viasna Human Rights Centre
Marthe Wandou
(b. 1963)
 Cameroon "for building a model of community-based child protection in the face of terrorist insurgency and gender-based violence in the Lake Chad region of Cameroon."
Vladimir Slivyak
(b. 1973)
 Russia "for his defence of the environment and for helping to ignite grassroots opposition to the coal and nuclear industries in Russia."
Freda Huson
(b. 1964)
 Canada "for her fearless dedication to reclaiming her people's culture and defending their land against disastrous pipeline projects."
Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE)  India "for their innovative legal work empowering communities to protect their resources in the pursuit of environmental democracy in India."
Oleksandra Matwijtschuk
(b. 1983)
 Ukraine "for building sustainable democratic institutions in Ukraine and modelling a path to international accountability for war crimes."
Centre for Civil Liberties (CCL)
Fartuun Adan
(b. 1969) (mother)
 Somalia "for promoting peace, demilitarisation and human rights in Somalia in the face of terrorism and gender-based violence."
Ilwad Elman
(b. 1989) (daughter)
Africa Institute for Energy Governance [de] (AFIEGO)  Uganda "for their courageous work for climate justice and community rights violated by extractivist energy projects in Uganda."
Cecosesola (Central Coperativa de Servicios Sociales del Estado Lara)  Venezuela "for establishing an equitable and cooperative economic model as a robust alternative to profit-driven economies."
2023 Eunice Brookman-Amissah  Ghana "for pioneering discussions on women's reproductive rights in Africa, paving the way for liberalised abortion laws and improved safe abortion access."
Mother Nature Cambodia  Cambodia "for their fearless and engaging activism to preserve Cambodia's natural environment in the context of a highly restricted democratic space."
SOS Méditerranée  Europe "for its life-saving humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea."
Phyllis Omido  Kenya "for her groundbreaking struggle to secure land and environmental rights for local communities while advancing the field of environmental law."

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