Aminatou Haidar wins Right Livelihood Award for her “pursuit of justice and self-determination for the people of Western Sahara”

Stockholm (Sweden) 25 September 2019 (SPS)- Saharawi human rights defender, Mrs. Aminatou Haidar, was announced as one of four winners of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, during a press conference organised by the Award’s organisers at the international Press Centre at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

“The Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The 2019 Award goes to Aminatou Haidar (Western Sahara), Guo Jianmei (China), Greta Thunberg (Sweden) and Davi Kopenawa / Hutukara Yanomami Association (Brazil),” the organisers’ official press release states.

Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Foundation, commented on the event, stressing that “with the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, we honour four practical visionaries whose leadership has empowered millions of people to defend their inalienable rights and to strive for a liveable future for all on planet Earth. Besides the prize money, we offer the Laureates long-term support and will help protect those whose lives and liberty are in danger.”

The international jury that chosen the four winners stated that it chooses Aminatou Haidar: “for her steadfast nonviolent action, despite imprisonment and torture, in pursuit of justice and self-determination for the people of Western Sahara”.

On her side, Aminatou Haidar commented on the event stating that she feels “very honored to receive the renowned Right Livelihood Award,” considering it a “recognition of my non-violent struggle and the just cause of the Sahrawi people. Despite military occupation and violations of fundamental human rights, they continue their peaceful struggle. The Sahrawis deserve to be supported by all so that, one day, they will achieve independence and freedom.”

About the Right Livelihood Award

Established in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award honours and supports courageous people solving global problems. To date, there are 178 Laureates from 70 countries.

The Swedish Right Livelihood Foundation presenting the Award sees its role as being the megaphone and shield for the Laureates and provides them with long-term support. It seeks to help protect those Award recipients whose life and liberty are in danger. The Foundation has Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

Anyone can propose candidates to be considered for the Right Livelihood Award. The Laureates are selected by an international Jury after careful investigation by the Foundation’s research team. Unlike most other international prizes, the Right Livelihood Award has no categories. It recognises that, in striving to meet the challenges of today’s world, the most inspiring and remarkable work often defies any standard classification.

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