2020 Right Livelihood Award

December 3



Gina Dirawi


The Mamas - "Move" (Herman Gardarfve / Melanie Wehbe / Patrik Jean)


The Right Livelihood Award to Bryan Stevenson

Presenter: Anthony Ray Hinton


Amanda Bergman - "A hard rain's a-gonna fall" (Bob Dylan)


The Right Livelihood Award to Lottie Cunningham Wren

Presenter: Parul Sharma


Sarah Klang - "New day coming" (Sarah Klang / Kevin Andersson)


The Right Livelihood Award to Nasrin Sotoudeh

Presenter: Ann Linde


The Mamas - "Stand Up" (Cynthia Erivo and Joshuah Brian Campbell)


Executive Director Ole von Uexkull


The Right Livelihood Award to Ales Bialiatski/ Viasna

Presenter: Anders Kompass


Amanda Bergman - "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke)

About the Award

Established in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award aims to nurture the human courage needed to achieve peace, justice and sustainability for all. By recognising the actions of brave visionaries and building impactful connections around the world, the Award aims to boost urgent and long-term social change. 182 Laureates from 72 countries have received the distinction to date.

The Right Livelihood Foundation presenting the Award sees its role as being a megaphone and shield for the Laureates, providing them with long-term support. The Foundation’s main aims are to raise the profile of the Laureates and their work, provide protection when Laureates’ lives and liberty are in danger, and educate people on the innovative solutions presented by Laureates. The Foundation has Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

A particular feature of the Award is that anyone can nominate individuals and organisations for consideration. An international Jury selects the Laureates after careful investigation by the Foundation’s research team.

The 2020 Laureates

Nasrin SotoudehIran
“... for her fearless activism, at great personal risk, to promote political freedoms and human rights in Iran.”
Bryan StevensonUSA
“... for his inspiring endeavour to reform the US criminal justice system and advance racial reconciliation in the face of historic trauma.”
Lottie Cunningham WrenNicaragua
“... for her ceaseless dedication to the protection of indigenous lands and communities from exploitation and plunder.”
Ales Bialiatski / ViasnaBelarus
“... for their resolute struggle for the realisation of democracy and human rights in Belarus.”

Host & Performances

Gina Dirawi

Dirawi is an award-winning Swedish television and radio host, singer-songwriter, comedian and actress. She has been the host for Sweden’s famous national song contest, Melodifestivalen, three times. Dirawi has also released two singles, and she made her debut as a writer with the book “Paradiset ligger under mammas fötter” in April 2020.

Sarah Klang

Klang is a singer-songwriter who rose to prominence with her Swedish Grammy-winning debut album “Love In the Milky Way” released in 2018. With a musical style described as pop songs laced with country and Americana influences, she has toured across Sweden and Europe in recent years.

Amanda Bergman

Bergman is a Swedish artist, who has performed and released music under the stage name Idiot Wind and as Hajen. After being a member and lead vocalist of the Swedish band Amason, Bergman released her solo debut album “Docks” in February 2016.

The Mamas

The Mamas are a Swedish-American soul and gospel group, who in 2020 won Sweden’s national song contest, Melodifestivalen. Their single "Move" topped Swedish charts in March 2020. They were set to represent Sweden in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, which, however, was cancelled due to Covid-19. Their latest album “Tomorrow Is Waiting” was released in September 2020.


The New Award Sculpture

Made from recycled illegal guns, the Award Sculpture is created by renowned sculptor Eva Hild

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Online Campaign with Nasrin Sotoudeh

Join us to #StandUp4Nasrin

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Webinar with Lottie Cunningham Wren

Tune in live on November 26 at rightlivelihood.org!

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Lecture with Bryan Stevenson

Tune in live on December 1 at rightlivelihood.org!

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Webinar with Ales Bialiatski

Tune in live on December 2 at rightlivelihood.org!

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