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February 2017
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Mozn Hassan to Receive Her Right Livelihood Award in Cairo
Egyptian human rights defender Mozn Hassan, who shared the 2016 Right Livelihood Award with her organisation Nazra for Feminist Studies, will receive her award in Cairo on 25-26 March. Hassan was unable to attend the award ceremony in Stockholm on 25 November 2016 due to a travel ban imposed on her by the Egyptian authorities. Since then, the judiciary has initiated a move to freeze Hassan’s and Nazra’s assets, which five UN experts have condemned.
Dr. Monika Griefahn, the Foundation’s Board Chair, said: “In a show of solidarity with Hassan and other Egyptian civil society activists who have been prevented from travelling freely abroad, the Foundation will send a high-level delegation to Cairo to present her with the Right Livelihood Award instead.” The delegation will include European Parliamentarians, fellow Laureates and the Foundation’s Board members. 
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Nominations for 2017 Open Until 1 March
The nominations deadline for the 2017 Right Livelihood Award is approaching! Do you know any individual or organisation who deserves the recognition and support of the Right Livelihood Award? Then send us your proposal by 1 March 2017

The Right Livelihood Award is an award for the people and their work and struggles for a better future. The Laureates come from all walks of life: they are farmers, teachers, doctors, or simply, concerned citizens. Check out our video to learn more! 

The Right Livelihood Award accepts proposals from everyone through an open nomination process. We look forward to receiving your proposals!
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Remembering Judge Christopher G. Weeramantry 
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation mourns the loss of Justice Christopher G. Weeramantry, who passed away in his native Sri Lanka on January 5, aged 90. Legal luminary, distinguished author, and renowned pacifist, Christopher Weeramantry led an illustrious career that saw him serve as judge of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court, Professor of Law at Monash University, and Vice Chairman at the International Court of Justice. He was honoured with the Right Livelihood Award in 2007.
Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, said “his involvement demonstrated how international law could help address global challenges, like the threat of nuclear weapons, human rights protection, and protection of the environment.”
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The Marshall Islands and Tony de Brum Voted “2016 Arms Control Person of the Year”
The Republic of the Marshall Islands and former Foreign Ministry Tony de Brum, Laureates of the Alternative Nobel 2015, have been awarded the '2016 Arms Control Person of the Year'. Ten individuals and groups were nominated by the staff of the Arms Control Association for their exceptional leadership in arms control and disarmament. Over 1,850 individuals from 63 countries participated in the final selection.

Kingston Reif, director of disarmament and threat reduction at the Arms Control Association, noted "The nomination of the Marshall Islands and Ambassador de Brum and the many votes they received reflects the concern and frustration expressed by many non-nuclear weapon states about the unacceptable consequences of nuclear weapons use, the slow pace of nuclear disarmament, and the growing risks of renewed global nuclear competition."
Happy 8th Birthday to the Right Livelihood College
On 9 January, the Right Livelihood College (RLC) celebrated its eighth anniversary with eight campuses worldwide. The RLC is the global education and research initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. It promotes transdisciplinary education and research on social justice, poverty and inequality reduction, and environmental sustainability, together with Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, who automatically become Fellows of the College. In April 2016, the RLC global network was extended to one more Latin American campus, namely at the National University of Cordoba, Argentina.

Prof. Anwar Fazal, Founder and Director of the RLC, said: “The College was an idea that came from the Laureates. The RLC resonated with them as it aimed to make the knowledge of the Laureates accessible globally through synergistic partnerships with universities, sharing their ideas and experiences of doing real things.” In his new 130-page publication “The Right Livelihood Way: A Sourcebook for Changemakers”, Fazal compiles initiatives and projects of hope to inspire a new generation of civil society leaders and innovators.
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Oscar Nomination for The White Helmets Film
The White Helmets documentary directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel has received a nomination for this year’s Oscar in the Best Short Documentary category. The Netflix movie follows volunteers from the 2016 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Syria Civil Defence in the chaos of war-torn Syria, as they risk their lives to rescue survivors from underneath the rubble. However, the protagonists will not be able to attend the star-studded award ceremony in Los Angeles on 26 February due to the travel ban imposed by US President Trump on seven Muslim-majority countries earlier this month. Read Orlando Von Einsiedel’s interview in Dazed magazine and watch The White Helmets  trailer.
The Month Ahead
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21 February Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, Geneva, Switzerland

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27 February - 24 March  – 34th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland 

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1 March  – Deadline for the 2017 Right Livelihood Award nominations 

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25 - 26 March – Presentation of the Right Livelihood Award to Mozn Hassan in Cairo, Egypt
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