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Chad’s Jacqueline Moudeina wins ‘Alternative Nobel’ prize 0

Solar power technology and efforts to protect the rights of birthing mothers, victims of dictatorship and farming communities were rewarded Thursday with the Right Livelihood Awards, sometimes referred to as the alternative Nobel prizes. Human rights activist Jacqueline Moudeina of Chad; Spanish-based nonprofit GRAIN; and American midwifery educator Ina May Gaskin will share the euro 150,000 ($205,000) cash award.

The awards were founded by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull in 1980 to recognize work he felt was being ignored by the Nobel Prizes.

Presented annually in Stockholm at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament, the Right Livelihood Award is usually shared by four Recipients, but not all Laureates receive a cash award.

Often an Honorary Award is given to a person or group whose work the Jury wishes to recognise but who is not primarily in need of monetary support. This year prizes will be presented to the recipients in a ceremony at the Swedish Parliament on  December 5, five days before the Nobel Prizes are handed out.

Modueina was honoured “for her tireless efforts at great personal risk to win justice for the victims of the former dictatorship in Chad and to increase awareness of human rights in Africa.”

As president of the Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (ATPDH), she represents victims of former President Hissene Habre, who is accused of torturing hundreds of his opponents to death during his tenure in the Central African nation from 1982 to 1990.

Habre has been sentenced to death in Chad but has been living in Senegal since he was ousted in 1990.

Moudeina has a reputation of working together with those who create a problem rather than polarising. By this approach, she is able to work out solutions and to make progress. For example, although it is mandatory to attend a public school in Tchad, many parents prefer to send their children to Islamic schools.

ATPDH has worked out a scheme with Islamic schools to allow the children to attend a certain number of hours per week in the local public school to obtain elementary training in subjects such as maths and French. By inclusion, Moudeina creates solutions that are sustainable and a start for long-term improvements.

People who speak about refer to this quotation: “The rights of human beings continue to be violated because the perpetrators of the most atrocious acts enjoy total impunity. The fight against impunity which I lead and which I will win by the Grace of God, is the result of my decision to take the side of those who suffer and whose cries continue to be ignored by the decision makers.”

In 2002, Moudeina received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

Moudeina has a reputation of working together with those who create a problem rather than polarising. By this approach, she is able to work out solutions and to make progress. For example, although it is mandatory to attend a public school in Tchad, many parents prefer to send their children to Islamic schools.

ATPDH has worked out a scheme with Islamic schools to allow the children to attend a certain number of hours per week in the local public school to obtain elementary training in subjects such as maths and French. By inclusion, Moudeina creates solutions that are sustainable and a start for long-term improvements.

People who speak about refer to this quotation: “The rights of human beings continue to be violated because the perpetrators of the most atrocious acts enjoy total impunity. The fight against impunity which I lead and which I will win by the Grace of God, is the result of my decision to take the side of those who suffer and whose cries continue to be ignored by the decision makers.”

In 2002, Moudeina received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

By Staff Writer – Afronline

Sources: Right Livelihood Awards, BBC Europe,  The Local Sweden News in English

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