News 2016-02-03

Invitan a Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín a Ashraf Fayadh

A través de una carta enviada a las embajadas saudíes en América Latina, el internacionalmente reconocido y premiado Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín pide la suspensión inmediata de la pena contra Ashraf Fayadh, condenado a ocho años de prisión y 800 latigazos por el contenido de sus poemas.

El palestino de 35 años está detenido en Arabia Saudita desde enero de 2014 señalado como blasfemo e incitador al ateísmo. Los organizadores del festival señalan la gravedad del caso y esperan al poeta en Colombia para la 26ª edición del evento, entre el 18 y el 26 de junio próximo.

El pedido proviene nada menos que de Medellín, ciudad colombiana en la que hace apenas dos décadas la muerte era moneda corriente y el terror dominaba las calles. Por demostrar cómo la creatividad, la belleza, la libre expresión y la comunidad pueden florecer y superar el miedo incluso en medio de la violencia profundamente arraigada, hace 10 años el Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín fue galardonado con el Right Livelihood Award en 2006.

News 2016-02-02

One Month Left Until 1 March Nomination Deadline

Just one month remains to nominate candidates for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award. Do you know any exceptional individual or organisation who deserves the recognition and support of the Right Livelihood Award? Then send us your proposal by 1 March 2016!

The Foundation receives proposals from all over the world. There are now 162 Right Livelihood Award Laureates from over 60 countries. Through the open nomination process, the Foundation gets a sense of what people around the world perceive as the most urgent problems - and who is developing the creative and effective solutions we need. Check out our video to learn more!

Anyone - excluding Right Livelihood Award Jury and staff members - can propose anyone (individuals or organisations), apart from themselves, close relatives or their own organisations to be considered for a Right Livelihood Award. Proposals must not be publicised, except to the candidate and possible referees. 

We look forward to receiving your proposals

Read more about our nomination requirements and procedures.

News 2015-12-16

Laureates Hail ‘Historic’ Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Right Livelihood Award Laureates have joined world leaders in welcoming the historic Paris Agreement reached at the United Nations climate change conference, known as COP21, last Saturday. Several among them have played a key role in sealing the climate deal in Paris. 

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This year’s Honorary Laureate Tony De Brum, foreign minister of the Marshall Islands, pulled together a "high ambition coalition" of rich and poor countries that successfully pushed for the 1.5C limit on temperatures. As The Observer notes, "…it had a galvanising effect, allowing more than 90 countries to claim the moral high ground and suggesting that anyone who was not with them was "unambitious"." 

With the agreement firmly in place, it is time to turn attention to implementation. 2014 Laureate Bill McKibben, founder of, which staged public protests around the globe urging governments to act on climate change, has warned against complacency after the Paris talks. "Left to its own devices, the world is still planning to spend the next decade or two mostly limbering up, engaging in the kind of impressive-looking stretching that runners enjoy at the start line," he writes in his op-ed for The Guardian

The Guardian's and's joint Keep It In The Ground campaign, inspired by their meeting as fellow 2014 Right Livelihood Award Laureates, has garnered support from over 150 leaders in the environmental and justice communities since its launch in early 2015.

Several other Laureates, including Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Bianca Jagger and Chico Whitaker, attended COP21 in Paris, highlighting the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities from the Arctic to the Amazon. 

News 2015-11-30

Laureates Call for Climate Leadership and Putting an End to War and Discrimination

The 2015 Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award call for renewed global efforts to tackle the climate crisis, secure the rights of indigenous and LGBTI communities, and put an end to war.

The four Laureates Tony de BrumSheila Watt-CloutierKasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, and Gino Strada / EMERGENCY received their awards at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on 30 November. They were also honoured in Geneva at a Felicitation & Debate on 2 December. 

Media releases are available in EnglishFrenchItalian and Swedish

The ceremony speeches and more information for media are available in our Press Room.

You can watch the Ceremony (30 November, Stockholm) as well as the Felicitation & Debate (2 December, Geneva) on Youtube.

News 2015-10-29

Employees of Afghanistan Indepedent Human Rights Commission Killed In Explosion

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation offers its deepest condolences to the families of two employees of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), who were killed when a remote-controlled improvised explosive device detonated against the organisation’s vehicle in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, on 26 October. Six other staff of the AIHRC were injured as a result of the attack.

The AIHRC is chaired by 2012 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Sima Samar. Samar said: "We at the AIHRC work for the protection and promotion of human rights of everyone. We are impartial and independent in our work. I call upon all warring parties to respect international humanitarian law and human rights law. I call upon them to refrain attacking civilians including the AIHRC staff and offices."

Read our press statement here.

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