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Aminatou Haidar wins the 2019 «Alternative Nobel Prize»

Aminatou Haidar. / Ph. DR
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Aminatou Haidar is one of the four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden's alternative Nobel Prize. The winners’ names were announced, Wednesday, from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs building in Stockholm.

The president of the Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA) was awarded alongside feminist lawyer Guo Jianmei from China, young Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg, Portuguese-speaking spokesperson for the Yanomami Indians in Brazil Davi Kopenawa Yanomami.

In a communiqué published on its website, the Right Livelihood Foundation wrote that Haidar won the award «for her steadfast nonviolent action, despite imprisonment and torture, in pursuit of justice and self-determination for the people of Western Sahara».

For the record, Aminatou Haidar was one of the nominees for the 2010 Sakharov Prize for Human Rights granted by the European Parliament.

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