News 2015-03-27

Swedish parliamentarians visit Edward Snowden in Moscow

Three Swedish parliamentarians visited 2014 Laureate Edward Snowden in Moscow. This is the first time ever that Snowden has received a parliamentarian delegation. Ms. Cecilia Magnusson (Moderate Party), Mr. Mathias Sundin (Liberal Party) and Mr. Jakop Dalunde (Green Party), participated in the meeting.

The meeting was organized by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, whose ambition is that Snowden should be able to come to Sweden to receive his prize in the near future.

"Our hope is that today's meeting will increase the likelihood of Edward Snowden being able to receive his award in Stockholm. If Sweden welcomes Snowden, hopefully other countries will follow, which will give him a certain freedom of travel", said Ole von Uexkull, RLA Executive Director.

More information about the visit.


News 2015-03-26

Habré's agents convicted of torture

According to Human Rights Watch, the conviction of 20 top security agents twenty-four years after the end of the Habré dictatorship in Chad is a victory for justice. The court also ordered that $125 million in reparations be paid in compensation to 7,000 victims who were plaintiffs in the case.

Habré’s government is accused of thousands of political killings and widespread torture, which have been documented by our 2011 Laureate Jacqueline Moudeina. The Chadian lawyer has been working fearlessly to bring the former dictator to justice making sure that those who committed crimes do not go unpunished.

Read more about the latest news on Habré case here.

News 2015-03-16

The Guardian launches new series on climate change

Our 2014 Laureate Alan Rusbridger explained how the Guardian team came up with the idea of a new narrative to discuss climate change, "the greatest threat to humanity," as the next big challenge for the newspaper before Rusbridger would step down as the Editor-in-Chief this summer.

It was at a meeting with fellow Laureate Bill McKibben during the 2014 Award Week in Stockholm that Rusbridger realised the Guardian needed to find an alternative way to engage the public on the topic of climate change and "make the world care".

Listen to a podcast leading you behind the scenes of the brainstorming process for the climate change series here

Join us and more than 144,000 others already and sign the Guardian's petition to urge the two biggest charitable funds, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, to cease investing in fossil fuels.

News 2015-03-09

Declaration for International Women’s Day 2015 against GMO crops

On International Women's Day, 1993 Laureate Dr Vandana Shiva along with other grassroots organisations in India called "on all women – the world’s primary food-growers and food-givers – to stand together and reclaim our knowledge, our farming, and our food. To expose the lies generated by the GMO industry, to reject the false promises of Golden Rice and GMO Bananas, and to reclaim the planet for all living beings."

The signatories have expressed firm resolve to encourage use of indigenous seeds and crops to fight malnutrition and health issues. Eighteen RLA Laureates have also endorsed the declaration so far.

Watch Shiva's video message on International Women's Day here

News 2015-02-28

Jumanda Gakelebone in South Africa to discuss hunting ban

In Botswana, the indigenous San people have been accused of ‘poaching’ when they hunt for food on their ancestral lands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. President Khama imposed a nation-wide hunting ban in 2014, winning praise from international conservation organizations.

“Hunting is a source of food for the San people, and their welfare is very much connected to hunting and gathering. By stopping the hunting, they are interrupting our culture,” commented Bushmen spokesperson Jumanda Gakelebone at a symposium in South Africa.

Read more about Survival International's campaign on the clash between conservation issues and tribal peoples' rights here.

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