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Asma Jahangir receives Right Livelihood Award

December 02, 2014

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Human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir (L) receives the Right Livelihood Award from Jakob von Uexkull (R) during the Right Livelihood Award ceremony at the 2nd chamber hall at the Swedish Parliament, in Stockholm, Sweden, December 1, 2014. — AFP
Human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir (L) receives the Right Livelihood Award from Jakob von Uexkull (R) during the Right Livelihood Award ceremony at the 2nd chamber hall at the Swedish Parliament, in Stockholm, Sweden, December 1, 2014. — AFP

HELSINKI: Human rights activist Asma Jahangir received the Right Livelihood Award during a ceremony held at the 2nd chamber hall at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on Monday.

The top rights activist shared the 1.5 million kronor ($210,000) cash portion of the award, also known as the “alternative Nobel,” with Basil Fernando of the Asian Human Rights Commission and US environmentalist Bill McKibben.

The Right Livelihood Award foundation typically honours grass-roots activists.

Read: Asma Jahangir, Snowden honoured with 'alternative Nobel'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was also among the recipients of the award. He split the honorary portion of the award with Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, which has published a series of articles on government surveillance based on documents leaked by Snowden.

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