STOCKHOLM — A dominant Belarus opposition figure and an undercover human rights attorney on Thursday were given the proper Livelihood Award, sometimes known as the”Alternative Nobel,” with activists from Nicaragua and the USA.
Ole von Uexkull, the mind of the Right Livelihood Foundation supporting the prize, stated that it”highlights the rising dangers to democracy worldwide. It’s high time that most people encouraging democracy around the globe stand up and encourage each other.”
The base cited 58-year-old human rights activist Ales Bialiatski along with also the non-governmental organization Human Rights Center Viasna he heads, “to their resolute battle for the recognition of democracy and human rights in Belarus.”
In 2014, Bialiatski premiered almost 3 years into his prison sentence, before schedule. Western authorities criticized the trial as clinically vindictive.
Bialiatski was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 and obtained a range of awards. His team has offered legal aid to tens of thousands of Belarusians detained or imprisoned for hard President Alexander Lukashenko’s rule.
Australian attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, that has defended activists, opposition politicians, and girls prosecuted for eliminating their headscarves, was granted the award” for her fearless activism, at great personal risk, to encourage political liberty and human rights in Iran.”
Before this month, Sotoudeh has been moved from a prison cell to a hospital north of Tehran after a hunger strike for improved prison conditions as well as the release of political prisoners amid the outbreak. She has since finished her hunger strike that started in mid-August.
Produced in 1980, the yearly Right Livelihood Award honors attempts the prize creator, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, believed were being ignored by the Nobel prizes.
The base also gave its 2020 award to Milton, Delaware-born U.S. civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, 60, “because of his inspirational project to reform the U.S. criminal justice system and progress racial reconciliation in the face of historic injury”
The fourth winner was 61-year-old rights and environmental activist Lottie Cunningham Wren of Nicaragua”because of her everlasting dedication to the security of native communities and lands out of exploitation and plunder.”
“Defying unfair legal procedures and dictatorial political regimes, they strengthen human rights, enable civil structures and denounce institutional abuses,” explained von Uexkull, the foundation’s executive manager and nephew of the creator.
Formerly recipients of the Ideal Livelihood Award comprise Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.