2016 Right Livelihood Awards to be presented on 25 Nov.

 By Xuefei Chen Axelsson
STOCKHOLM, Oct. 25(Greenpost)–The Laureates of this year’s Right Livelihood Award – Syria’s White Helmets, Egyptian activist Mozn Hassan and her organisation Nazra for Feminist Studies, Russian human rights defender Svetlana Gannushkina, and Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet  will receive their prizes in Stockholm on 25 November 2016.

The award ceremony will take place at the Vasa Museum, a long-term partner of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and the most visited museum in Scandinavia. It will be followed by a political and public programme for Laureates in Berlin and Geneva, according to a press release from the award foundation.

 “We look forward to celebrating our 2016 Laureates with a high-level programme in Sweden and internationally. However, at this stage, it is uncertain whether all four of our 2016 Laureates will be able to travel to Europe to receive their awards, since Mozn Hassan is under a travel ban imposed by the Egyptian authorities. We hope that these undue restrictions on Ms Hassan’s freedom of movement will be lifted without delay, in recognition of her valuable contributions as a human rights defender,” said Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.

The award ceremony for some 300 invited guests will be staged next to the grand 16th century ship Vasa. The Right Livelihood Award Laureates share the privilege reserved for Heads of State, Nobel Laureates and other dignitaries to step aboard this historic vessel.

The Laureates will also be received at the Swedish Parliament by members of the parliamentary association in support of the Right Livelihood Award (SÄRLA) which includes representatives from all major political parties, and by the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.

Following the award ceremony in Stockholm, the Laureates will visit Berlin from 27-29 November, where they meet with the newly established Parliamentary Group for the Right Livelihood Award in the German Bundestag.

The award programme will conclude in Geneva with the annual debate at Maison de la Paix on 30 November, organised in partnership with The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The Laureates will also meet with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

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