Gene Sharp receives 2012 Right Livelihood Award

Gene Sharp is Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is known for his extensive writings on nonviolent struggle, which have influenced numerous anti-government resistance movements around the world.

The Albert Einstein Institution is pleased to announce that Senior Scholar Gene Sharp has won the Right Livelihood Award "for developing and articulating the core principles and strategies of nonviolent resistance and supporting their practical implementation in conflict areas around the world". The award will be presented in a ceremony at the Swedish Parliament on December 7, 2012 and carries a prize of $64,000 to continue the work of the Albert Einstein Institution.

Gene Sharp said:
"I have tried to explore why violence and oppression are so prevalent, how they can be controlled and diminished, and how an alternative type of realistic power can be applied in order to liberate oppressed people."
"It is a great honor for me to receive the Right Livelihood Award. This important award is another indication of the growing recognition that people can wield great power in the nonviolent assertion of their rights."

The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 to recognize individuals and organizations "offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today". Awards are presented in fields such as environmental protection, human rights, sustainable development, health and education. Gene Sharp is honored to share this year's award with Hayrettin Karaca of Turkey, Sima Samar of Afghanistan and The Campaign Against Arms Trade in the UK.

For more information about the Right Livelihood Award click here.

Gene Sharp and the other 2012 Laureates will be honored at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament on December 7, 2012, at 4 pm. The ceremony will be hosted by the Society for the Right Livelihood Award in the Swedish Parliament. A press conference with the 2012 Laureates will take place on December 6 at the Swedish Foreign Office Press Room at 9:30 am.

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