2020 Right Livelihood Award
About the Award
Established in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award aims to nurture the human courage needed to achieve peace, justice and sustainability for all. By recognising the actions of brave visionaries and building impactful connections around the world, the Award aims to boost urgent and long-term social change. 182 Laureates from 72 countries have received the distinction to date.
The Right Livelihood Foundation presenting the Award sees its role as being a megaphone and shield for the Laureates, providing them with long-term support. The Foundation’s main aims are to raise the profile of the Laureates and their work, provide protection when Laureates’ lives and liberty are in danger, and educate people on the innovative solutions presented by Laureates. The Foundation has Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council.
A particular feature of the Award is that anyone can nominate individuals and organisations for consideration. An international Jury selects the Laureates after careful investigation by the Foundation’s research team.
The 2020 Laureates
“... for her fearless activism, at great personal risk, to promote political freedoms and human rights in Iran.”
“... for his inspiring endeavour to reform the US criminal justice system and advance racial reconciliation in the face of historic trauma.”
“... for her ceaseless dedication to the protection of indigenous lands and communities from exploitation and plunder.”
“... for their resolute struggle for the realisation of democracy and human rights in Belarus.”