Four winners have shared this year’s Right Livelihood Awarda, which are often dubbed the alternative Nobel Prizes.
The accolade is given to people who’ve worked for social justice, human rights, peace issues or similar causes to build a better world.
The recipients for 2006 are American Daniel Ellsberg, whose whistle-blowing helped end the Vietnam war; Ruth Manorama, recognised for her efforts to achieve equality for Dalit women in India; and the International Festival of Poetry in Columbia’s violent city Medellin. The foundation’s honorary award has gone to Chico Whittaker Ferreira for his work in strengthening democracy in Brazil.
Jakob Von Uexkull founded the award and tells Radio Sweden’s Alexander Schmidt Hirschfelder the jury had difficulty agreeing on the winners: