Zafrullah Chowdhury (RLA 1992) joined over fifty freedom fighters in observing a three day hunger strike in Dhaka calling for peace and democracy in Bangladesh.
The protesters declared: "We freedom fighters have seen the horror and cruelty of war. We do not want to see our motherland fall prey to a suicidal civil war. We are now at the doorstep of such a disaster. The main reason for this situation is an undemocratic state run by rent seekers and looters. We want a truly accountable, corruption free and war criminal free democratic state. Towards that goal let us unite against all forms of violence, be that unleashed by the state or by any political party...."
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation stands in solidarity with Zafrullah Chowdhury in his campaign for peace and democracy in Bangladesh.
Prior to the Award Ceremony, the Laureates commented on the Award and how they plan to use their prize money. This year, the prize money per laureate is SEK 500,000 (ca EUR 57,000).
Paul Walker said he will “devote the Right Livelihood Award to expanding the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Coalition in support of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Chemical Weapons Convention, and to strengthening multilateral arms control and verification regimes such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Biological Weapons Convention.“
Raji Sourani told the Right Livelihood Award Foundation that he had never expected how important the Award would be for Palestine. “Since news of the award broke, my office has been inundated with victims, colleagues, and former clients expressing their support and happiness. This award says that we are not alone. That people understand our struggle. That there is hope. (...) While States may turn their back, free people around the world stand in solidarity.”
Denis Mukwege plans to us the prize money to strengthen the social-economic programme of Panzi Foundation.
Mukwege believes that the most important impact of Award is the perception that the world is mobilising to end the suffering of the Congolese women. He feels that the pressure of the international community on the perpetrators of war and rapist is very strong this time. The international community has never taken seriously the suffering of women in conflict, and his work will continue until the world becomes aware of the severity of sexual violence against women in conflict.
Hans R. Herren noted that the Award to him blasted his retirement plans.
“Our prize money will go into our project Changing Course in Global Agriculture, which aims to secure food security for the world. With our bottom-up projects, we can show in the field that sustainable ecological agricultural methods boost yields and could provide enough and healthy food for the world’s population. With our top-down approach at international level, we support governments in analysing their food systems and charting the course to a sustainable agriculture and effective distribution systems. The two approaches combined look very promising.”
On 25 November, the Right Livelihood Foundation will inaugurate the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria as the sixth Right Livelihood College campus. The official inauguration will be followed by the inaugural Right Livelihood Lecture delivered by Monika Griefahn, Co-Chair of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation Board of Trustees.
The campus will be co-hosted by the University of Port Harcourt and Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an ecological think-tank initiated by Laureate Nnimmo Bassey.
The Right Livelihood Foundation also announces the University of California - Santa Cruz to be the seventh Right Livelihood College campus and the first in North America. The RLC will be based at the Common Ground Center at UC Santa Cruz’s Kresge College.
Twenty-one Right Livelihood Laureates hail from the United States and Canada. These include journalist Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Maude Barlow, the world’s leading advocate for the right to water, and Paul Walker, the chemical weapons non-proliferation expert, who is one of the 2013 Laureates. It is expected that the RLC campus at Santa Cruz will enable students of the Common Ground Center to learn from these Laureates through lectures and seminars, as well as conduct action research on the Laureates’ issues.
Read the press release.
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation has released a new short documentary about Right Livelihood Recipient Ruth Manorama, who received the Award in 2006 ''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."
This documentary is the seventh short documentary about one of the Right Livelihood Recipients.
All the short documentaries are available on the Right Livelihood Youtube channel.
On 11 November, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation announced Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) in Valdivia, Chile to be sixth Right Livelihood College campus and the first in Latin America.
The opening of a campus at Universidad Austral was initiated by Right Livelihood Laureate Manfred Max-Neef during the first regional conference of Latin American Laureates in Colombia last July.
During the ceremony, the rector of the UACh, Dr. Victor Cubillos, said: "The signing of this agreement is a historic event as we are formalizing a strategic alliance with a highly recognized and important international foundation in order to establish in Valdivia and our University a Right Livelihood College headquarters. Thus, UACh will become the Latin American headquarters that aims to promote the academic work of our students with the support of those who have been recognized with the Right Livelihood Award, as is the case of our former rector and professor Dr. Manfred Max-Neef. "
Read the welcome statement in Spanish.