2005 Right Livelihood Awards Honour Pioneers For Justice, Fair Trade And Cultural Renewal


The SEK 2 million Award is shared by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke from Canada, Irene Fernandez from Malaysia, and the organisation First People of the Kalahari, and its founder Roy Sesana, from Botswana.

The Jury’s citations in respect of the 2005 Right Livelihood Awards are as follows:

Francisco Toledo (Mexico) – … for devoting himself and his art to the protection, enhancement and renewal of the architectural and cultural heritage, natural environment and community life of his native Oaxaca.

Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (Canada) – … for their exemplary and longstanding worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental human right to water.

Irene Fernandez (Malaysia) – … for her outstanding and courageous work to stop violence against women and abuses of migrant and poor workers.

The organization First People of the Kalahari, and its founder Roy Sesana (Botswana) – … for resolute resistance against eviction from their ancestral lands, and for upholding the right to their traditional way of life.

Founded in 1980 the Right Livelihood Awards are presented annually in the Swedish Parliament and are often referred to as “Alternative Nobel Prizes”. They were introduced “to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”.

Jakob von Uexkull, a Swedish-German philatelic expert, sold his valuable postage stamps to provide the original endowment. Alfred Nobel wanted to honour those whose work “brought the greatest benefit to humanity”. Von Uexkull felt that the Nobel Prizes today ignore much work and knowledge vital for our world and future.

A press conference with the recipients will be held in Stockholm on Wednesday, December 7th. The award presentation ceremony in the Swedish Parliament will be held on December 9th.

There were 77 candidates from 39 countries on the confidential list of nominations this year: 4 from Africa, 4 from the Arab world, 20 from Asia, 1 from Australia, 26 from Europe, 12 from Latin America and 10 from North America.

Further information on the new recipients can be downloaded from www.rightlivelihood.org