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Nigerian awarded Rafto Prize. UPDATED: Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria is the winner of 2012's Rafto Prize. "The 2012 Rafto Prize is awarded to Nigerian Nnimmo Bassey in recognition of his long-term fight for people’s right to life, health, food and water in a world affected by complex and threatening climate change and mass environmental destruction," the Foundation writes about its decision. "Through his rights based work and criticism of prevailing systems, Bassey has shown how human rights can help mitigate the effects of these changes." 54-year-old Mr Bassey has spent many years working at limiting the harmful effects of oil extraction in his country.

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Nigerian awarded Rafto Prize

Published on Thursday, 27th September, 2012 at 09:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th September 2012 at 10:39.

UPDATED: Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria is the winner of 2012's Rafto Prize.

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Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria, the 2012 Rafto Prize laureate, during the World Environment Day in Benin City, Nigeria. 5 June 2011Nnimmo Bassey
Photo: Wale Obayanju/ERA


"The 2012 Rafto Prize is awarded to Nigerian Nnimmo Bassey in recognition of his long-term fight for people’s right to life, health, food and water in a world affected by complex and threatening climate change and mass environmental destruction," the Foundation writes about its decision. "Through his rights based work and criticism of prevailing systems, Bassey has shown how human rights can help mitigate the effects of these changes."

54-year-old Mr Bassey has spent many years working at limiting the harmful effects of oil extraction in his country.

Described as a human/environmental rights activist, he is Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action in Nigeria and Chair of Friends of the Earth International.

"Nnimmo Bassey links human rights to the climate by demonstrating how climate change has the greatest effect on the world’s most vulnerable people, the very people who have contributed least to the problem in the first place. By awarding its annual prize to Nnimmo Bassey, the Rafto Foundation underlines how the challenges we face regarding climate and the environment also have a human rights aspect," says the Foundation.

"Such a reminder is necessary following the loss of focus on these issues in the wake of the disappointment over the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009 (COP15) and the annual follow-up conferences," the statement reads.

Mr Bassey has won several prizes, including the 2010 Right Livelihood Award, also known as ‘The Alternative Nobel Prize’.

Meanwhile, today’s news was not meant to be public until before the announcement at 10:00 local time. Rafto Foundation head of information Kari Amble tells The Foreigner “it’s due to technical reasons as we are changing from one solution to another.”

The head of our website supply company thinks it was because of the time code. It’s not a PR stunt, and it’s important to focus on the laureate.”



Published on Thursday, 27th September, 2012 at 09:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th September 2012 at 10:39.

This post has the following tags: norwayraftoprize, raftoprize2012.





  
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