Thursday, 6 December 2012

Special Report: What Right Livelihood 2012 Awardees Say

“Much of my life has been devoted to trying to learn about nonviolent struggle, how it operates, why it can fail, how it can succeed against great odds, how it can be made more effective, and how oppressed people can liberate themselves. We have already made important progress in understanding this technique and putting it into practice. There is still a distance to go.”

By Gene Sharp (USA)

“Arms control will never work when governments also promote arms sales. David Cameron talks about democracy and human rights in the Middle East but continues to flog arms to Saudi Arabia, a regime with a terrible human rights record”

By Henry McLaughlin, speaking on behalf of Campaign Against Arms Trade (UK)

“In a land such as Afghanistan where the words "human rights" were once taboo, we currently have a well established human rights commission that none of our neighboring countries have. Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go before human rights is a reality for all Afghans."

By Sima Samar (Afghanistan).

“About 40 years ago, I handed over the keys to all my factories to dedicate myself to my best friend, the soil. I knew: I had money, but my wealth should not give me more rights than others. I have come to realize what wealth and poverty mean in the world. The primary injustice in this world comes from our approach towards soil and how we treat it. We see soil as a right given to us. We perceive it as a product, as a resource that we can use inexhaustibly but at the end, soil gives life to all of us.” 

By Hayrettin Karaca (Turkey, Honorary Award)

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