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Indian lawyer Colin Gonsalves Wins Swedish Right Livelihood Award

Published on October 02, 2017
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
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