Every year since 2000, the May 18Memorial Foundation (Gwangju, Republic of Korea) has announced its annual “Call for nominations for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights”. This Prize promotes the spirit of the May 18 Democratization Movement in which the people of Gwangju resisted the brutal military forces for the sake of Democracy and Human Rights in 1980. Historically, the May 18 Democratization Movement brought democracy to Korea.
The May 18 Memorial Foundation was founded in 1994 with the aim of spreading and commemorating the democratic spirit shown by the people of Gwangju and of restoring the meaning of the May 18 Democratization Movement through fact finding. Even though Gwangju was isolated by the military junta at the time many overseas countries supported the City and wanted to see the restoration of justice and human rights. Therefore, through this prize the May 18 Memorial Foundation would like to share of the May 18 Spirit and empathize with people in similar situations as the people of Gwangju faced in 1980.
The prize goes to one individual or an organization that has struggled for or contributed to the improvement and advancement of human rights, democracy and peace in their community and country.
Nominations will be collected from October16, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Preliminary and final reviews of nominees will take place March to April. The winner of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights will be announced on the first week of April. The official prize ceremony will be held at the May 18 Memorial Culture Center, Gwangju, on May 18, 2018.
Eligibility for the Prize
1) A person or a group eligible for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights nominated by another individuals or organizations. An individual cannot nominate him/herself and cannot be nominated by his/her own organization.
2) A person or a group that has been struggling for justice and democracy for their community and country.
3) A person or a group that has contributed towards democracy and human rights movements through their work in their organization.
Policy of the Prize Committee
1) Co-winner(s) may only be selected by the Prize Committee, not by nominators; a nominator can only submit one nominee.
2) Nominator(s) cannot interfere with or participate in the Prize Committee’s selection process.
3) The Prize Committee may o nly disclose the number of nominees, not the names of them.
From October 16, 2017 until January 31, 2018.
The prize winner will receive the prize money, 50,000 USD, medal, and certificate. In case multiple winners are selected, the prize money will be evenly divided among them.
The Prize will be awarded at the Prize Ceremony to be held at the May 18 Memorial Culture Center on May 18, 2018 and the winner should attend the Ceremony.
How to nominate the Prize Nominee
Please download the official nomination form, fill it out completely, and send it to the May 18Memorial Foundation with supporting documents by email or postal mail.
Postal address: The May 18Memorial Foundation 152 Naebangro Seo-gu Gwangju, 61965, Republic of Korea
International Affairs Department
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
The May 18Memorial Foundation 152 Naebangro Seo-gu Gwangju, 61965, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 360 0542
Fax: +82 62 360 0519
Please visit our website for the Information at http://eng.518.org
Laureates of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights
2000 Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao (National Council of Timorese Resistance, East Timor)
2001 W.P.J. Basil Fernando (Asian Human Rights Commission, Sri Lanka)
2002 Korea Association of Bereaved Families for Democracy (KABFD)
2003 Dandeniya Jayanthi (Monument for the Disappeared, Sri Lanka)
2004Aung San Suu Kyi (National League for Democracy, Burma)
2005 Wardah Hafiz (Urban Poor Consortium, Indonesia)
2006 Malalai Joya (Co-laureate, National Assembly, Afghanistan)
Angkhana Neelapaijit (Co-laureate, Human Rights Activist, Thailand)
2007 Lenin Raghuvanshi (Co-laureate,People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, India)
IromSharmila Chanu (Co-laureate, Human Rights Activist, Manipur, India)
2008 Munir Malik (Human Rights Lawyer,Pakistan)
2009 Min Ko Naing (Democracy MovementActivist, Burma)
2010 Sushil Pyakurel (AccountabilityWatch Committee, Nepal)
2011 Binayak Sen (Human Rights Activist,India)
2012 Mun Jeong Hyun (Catholic Priest, Republicof Korea)
2013 Hijos e Hijas por la Identidad y laJusticia contra el Olvido y el Silencio (H.I.J.O.S., Argentina)
2014 Mothers of Khavaran (Co-laureate, Organization,Iran)
Adilur Rahman Khan (Co-laureate, Human Rights Activist, Bangladesh)
2015 Latifah Anum Siregar (Alliance for Democracy in Papua, Indonesia)
2016 Nguyen Dan Que (Co-laureate, Human Rights Activist, Medical Doctor, Vietnam)
BERSIH 2.0 (Co-laureate, NGO, Malaysia)
2017 Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, (Khon Kaen University Student, Thailand)