Lawyers, reporter honoured by Right Livelihood
The 2017 Right Livelihood Award has been awarded to an American, an Azerbaijani, an Indian and an Ethiopian.
The awards are sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel Peace Prize".
This year, the Honourary Award went to Robert Bilott, a lawyer who fights polluting companies.
The cash award of SEK 3 million will be split among Colin Gonsalves in India, who has fought legal battles for human rights, Yetnebersh Nigussie in Ethiopia for work with people with disabilities, and journalist Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan who exposes corruption.
After the announcement was made in Stockholm on Tuesday morning, Maina Kiai, one of the jury members, talked to Radio Sweden about what made these four laureates stand out.
"Khadija is a journalist par-excellence," Kiai said, for example. "She's brave, she's courageous... She's taken up a taboo subject, corruption - and not just corruption, but corruption by the first family."
The Right Livelihood Foundation was founded by Swedish-German Jakob von Uexkull, an environmentalist and philanthropist. His nephew Ole von Uexkull is the executive director of the foundation, and told Radio Sweden that the laureates' work gives "practical information about what can be done about global problems."
Previous laureates of the Right Livelihood Award have included the Syrian White Helmets and Edward Snowden.