Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the Hutukara Yanomami Association for the conservation of the Amazon rainforest were awarded the "Alternative Nobel Prize" in Stockholm on Wednesday.
Chinese lawyer Guo Jianmei and Sahrawi human rights defender Aminatou Haidar also received the award, marking this year's 40th anniversary.
"We distinguished four practical visionaries whose leadership has given voice to millions of people in upholding inalienable rights and fighting for a sustainable future for everyone on planet Earth," said the executive director of the Right Livelihood Foundation. , by announcing the awards.
"In addition to the monetary prize, we offer distinguished long-term support and will help to protect those whose lives and liberty are in danger," said Ole von Uexkull at the prize announcement press conference at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the international jury, the leader of the Yanomami tribe in Roraima, northern Brazil, Davi Kopenawa, and the Hutukara Yanomami Association were distinguished "for their courageous determination to protect the forests and biodiversity of the Amazon, land and culture. of indigenous peoples ".
Young climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, was chosen for "inspiring and broadening the political demands for climate action that reflects scientific facts."
Chinese lawyer Guo Jianmei has been distinguished for "pioneering and persistent work in defending women's rights in China" and has over the years helped thousands of women gain access to justice.
Sahrawi human rights defender Aminatou Haidar has stood for "a peaceful campaign" over 30 years "despite arrests and torture for the sake of justice and self-determination for the people of Western Sahara" as the first Sahrawi. to receive an "Alternative Nobel".
Each of the winners will receive 94,000 euros (one million Swedish kronor), intended to support their work in their areas and not for personal use.
In an open nomination process, the jury received 142 nominations from 59 countries.
The "Alternative Nobel Prizes" will be presented in Stockholm on December 4 at a ceremony for the first time open to the public to mark the 40th anniversary of the prize.
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