WORLD: Deadline for 2016 ‘Alternative Nobel’ Nominations is March 1 

Do you know someone ordinary achieving the extraordinary?

Less than one month left to nominate candidates for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award.

March 1 is the deadline for proposals for this year’s Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.

Presented in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, the Right Livelihood Awards honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.

Since 1980, 162 Right Livelihood Award Laureates from 67 countries have been recognised for their outstanding vision and work in the areas of environment, social justice and human rights. Four awards are presented each year and there are no specific categories.

In 2015, the Honorary Award went to the People of the Marshall Islands and their Foreign Minister Tony De Brum. Three other Laureates – Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, and Italian war surgeon Gino Strada – shared a cash prize of SEK 3 million (roughly EUR 320,000).

Other Laureates include environmentalists David Suzuki (Canada) and Vandana Shiva (India), human rights activists Jacqueline Moudeina (Chad) and Bianca Jagger (Nicaragua), as well as Swedish children’s book author Astrid Lindgren, and high-profile US whistleblowers Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden.

In addition to presenting the annual awards, the Foundation supports the work of its Laureates, particularly those who may be in danger due to the nature of their activities.

Every year, the Foundation receives over 100 proposals from all over the world. Anyone, apart from Right Livelihood Award jury and staff members, can propose a candidate. Self-nominations are not accepted. Proposals must not be publicised, except to the candidate and possible referees.

Watch the video about the Right Livelihood Award nominations:

For more information:
Right Livelihood Award Foundation
Guidelines for writing a proposal:
Twitter: @rlafoundation #RLA2016 #AlternativeNobel

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Document Type : Press Release
Document ID : AHRC-PRL-003-2016
Countries : World,
Issues : Administration of justice, Human rights defenders,