News 2015-05-22

Hissène Habré trial to begin on 20 July

Hissene Habré, the former dictator of Chad, will stand trial for charges of crimes against humanity, torture, and war crimes before a special court in Senegal on 20 July. Laureate Jacqueline Moudeina has been the driving force behind the struggle to bring the former dictator to justice. This will also be the first universal jurisdiction case to proceed to trial in Africa.

A new short documentary by Spanish director Isabel Coixet, "Talking about Rose", examines the life and death of Rose Lokissim, one of the prisoners of Hissène Habré. Her story inspired many campaigns for justice in Chad.

Read the update on Habré's trial.

News 2015-05-20

Laureates condemn incitement to murder Agnivesh

Thirty-one Laureates from 27 countries have signed a joint statement in support of 2004 Laureate Swami Agnivesh who was threatened by an extremist group at the end of April.

Members of an extremist group have offered a reward of 500,000 Indian Rupees to anyone that beheads Agnivesh. A number of Indian media outlets have reported this in a manner that we believe constitutes incitement to murder.

The Board and the staff of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, together with the 31 Laureates express our strong support for Swami Agnivesh. We call for those inciting his murder to be held accountable to the rule of law.

Read the joint statement in English and Hindi.

News 2015-05-19

LUCSUS report on global health and climate change published

Researchers from Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, one of the seven campuses of the Right Livelihood College, published a new report that presents an overview of the interconnections between health and the environment, with a focus on the serious health risks posed by climate change.

The report focuses on how to use science to both reduce the burden of spreading diseases and influence policy-making. It also advocates the adoption of a rights-based approach to global health practice in order to move away from the current focus on the pharmaceutical industry.

The report was presented at a parliament seminar with Laureates Nnimmo Bassey and Dr. Hans Herren who were also consulted in the research process for the report.

Read the report.

News 2015-04-20

Laureates react to Award to Golden Rice researchers by the White House

The White House's decision to award the United States Patent and Trademark Office's humanitarian prize to Golden Rice researchers has been critically received by biodiversity experts Vandana Shiva (1993 Laureate) and Frances Moore Lappé (1987 Laureate).

Shiva commented:"Golden Rice is the Emperor who has no clothes. Since 1985 the promoters have been promising the miracle, but it is still far from introduction. In any case it is hundreds of percent less efficient than biodiversity alternatives in providing Vitamin A. Because the malnutrition crisis is so severe, we cannot waste time and resources on false promises. We need real solutions - now. The White House 'award' to Golden Rice is a desperate attempt to promote failed GMOs and a flawed patent regime which defines seeds as 'inventions'."

Moore Lappé added that "genetically modifying rice to cure nutrient deficiency is a tragic diversion. The solution to nutrient deficiency is to be found not in the laboratory but in the realization of the right to healthy food for all people."

Just a few weeks ago, 39 Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award had endorsed a declaration on the future of nutrition, rejecting the "false promises" corporations are proposing in the Global South.

Read more about the declaration.

News 2015-04-13

Unveiling Munir's street in The Hague

Today, Suciwati will attend the unveiling of a street to commemorate her late husband, Laureate Munir Said Thalib in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Over a decade having passed since Munir's murder, 36 fellow Laureates from across the world have joined Suciwati to call on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promises and bring those that masterminded Munir's assassination to account.

President Widodo made it an election campaign promise to resolve Indonesia's past human rights violations. However, those involved in the conspiracy to kill Munir are still free.

Suciwati has expressed frustration at the case not being resolved. "People will be reluctant to become activists like Munir because it's dangerous and there is no protection for their lives," she said.

Read the petition to President Widodo.

Watch an interview with Suciwati on the current situation in Indonesia.

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