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Indian lawyer Colin Gonsalves Wins Swedish Right Livelihood Award

Colin Gonsalves has been chosen for a prestigious rights award in Sweden


  • He is a senior Indian advocate and will be honoured for his innovative use of public interest litigation in securing fundamental human rights for India’s most marginalised and vulnerable citizens. 
  • He will share the award and the prize money worth over USD 300,000 (SEK 3 million) with two other laureates — Khadija Ismayilova from Azerbaijan and Robert Bilott from the US
  • The three laureates were chosen from 102 nominations from 51 countries.

About Right Livelihood Award

  • It is widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.  
  • It is an international award to "honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today."
  • The prize was established in 1980 by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull 

List of Indian Awardees of Right Livelihood Award

  • 1984: Self-Employed Women's Association / Ela Bhatt
  • 1985: Lokayan / Rajni Kothari
  • 1986: Ladakh Ecological Development Group / Helena Norberg-Hodge
  • 1986: Chipko movement
  • 1990: Narmada Bachao Andolan
  • 1993: Vandana Shiva
  • 1994: Dr. H. Sudarshan / VGKK (Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra(for working of soliga tribes in MM hills)
  • 1996: People's Science Movement of Kerala (Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad)
  • 2003: Swami Agnivesh / Asghar Ali Engineer
  • 2006: Ruth Manorama
  • 2007: Krishnammal Jagannathan and Sankaralingam Jagannathan LAFTI
Indian lawyer Colin Gonsalves Wins Swedish Right Livelihood Award Indian lawyer Colin Gonsalves Wins Swedish Right Livelihood Award Reviewed by insiya yadav on October 02, 2017 Rating: 5

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