SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (USA), April 19, 2010 — Friends of the Earth International welcomed today’s announcement that the director of Friends of the Earth Swaziland / Yonge Nawe, Thuli Brilliance Makama, is one of six winners of the prestigious Goldman Prize in San Francisco.

“Thuli is a real hero who never bowed in her battle against Big Game Parks, despite direct threats made against her, her family and Friends of the Earth Swaziland. This prize is truly deserved by Thuli, who recently won a legal landmark case to include NGO representation in the Swaziland Environment Authority,” said Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information see the Goldman Prize website: www.goldmanprize.org/

To schedule interviews with Thuli Makama, contact Goldman Prize:

Allison & Partners Public Relations

Robin Savinar – robin@allisonpr.com

Amber Whiteside – amber@allisonpr.com

Telephone: +1-415-217-7500

For information about the Goldman Environmental Prize, contact:

Natalie Silverstein  Communications Officer  Goldman Environmental Prize
natalie@goldmanprize.org  Telephone: +1-415-345-6330

For UK and European press inquiries, contact:

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