2010 Alternative Nobel Prizes awarded in Sweden

15:30, October 01, 2010      

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The 2010 Right Livelihood Awards, also known as the alternative nobel, was given in Stockholm Thursday to human rights and environment activists from Nigeria, Brazil and Nepal.

They are Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria, Bishop Erwin Krautler from Brazil, Shrikrishna Upadhyay from Nepal and the organization Physicians for Human Rights Israel, according to the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.

Each of them will receive 50,000 euros (about 74,000 U.S. dollars).

"True change starts at the grassroots level. This year's Right Livelihood Award Laureates offer role models, whose work and commitment can be replicated throughout the world," said Ole von Uexkull, executive director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation,

Bassey has received the award "for revealing the full ecological and human horrors of oil production and for his inspired work to strengthen the environmental movement in Nigeria and globally," said Uexkull.

Krautler is honored for his lifetime work for the human and environmental rights of indigenous peoples and for his tireless efforts to save the Amazon forest from destruction.

Upadhyay and his organization SAPPROS are recognized for demonstrating over many years the power of community mobilization to address the multiple causes of poverty.

The Israeli organization is awarded for their indomitable spirit in working for the right to health for all people in Israel and Palestine.

The awarding ceremony will be held in the Swedish Parliament on Dec. 6.

The prizes were established by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull who sold his business and founded the awards in 1980 to recognize work he felt was being ignored by the Nobel Prizes.



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