Right Livelihood Awards, or 'alternative Nobels,' to activists helping minorities, victims

Human rights and global crisis activists from Canada, Italy, Uganda, and the Marshall Islands have been named winners of the 2015 Right Livelihood Awards, the so-called "alternative Nobels."

This year's 3 million kronor ($358,500) award will be shared by Canada's Sheila Watt-Cloutier, cited for promoting Inuit livelihoods and culture; Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera from Uganda, for her struggle for gay rights and sexual minorities; and Italian surgeon Gino Strada, for providing medical assistance to victims of war.

The people of the Pacific islands and their foreign minister, Tony de Brum, will receive an honorary award for what was described as their visionary and courageous legal action against nuclear powers "for failing to honor disarmament obligations."

The awards, announced Thursday in Stockholm, were founded in 1980 by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull.