Colin Gonsalves, HRLN founder, named 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureate

Human Rights Law Network founder and Senior Supreme Court Counsel Colin Gonsalves has been announced a Laureate of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative’ Nobel Prize. Colin Gonsalves has been recognised by the jury “for his tireless and innovative use of public interest litigation over three decades to secure fundamental human rights for India’s most marginalised and vulnerable citizens”. The announcement was made today at the International Press Centre at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs by Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, and Maina Kiai, Jury member and former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom resolution image of C of peaceful assembly and of association. Upon receiving the news, Gonsalves commented: “I am both humbled and privileged by the Award. It comes at a time when India is going through a dark period and human rights activists are under siege. The platform the Foundation provides will help us strengthen democratic resistance at this critical stage.”