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2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award Ceremony and the GPHR Celebration Concert
Date : 2013-05-29     Hit : 3645

2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award Ceremony was held at the May 18 Culture Center at 4:00PM on May 18 2013.

The Ceremony started with an opening performance by Soprano Son Suk-kyeong. Followed by an opening remark by Oh Jae-yeil, the Chairperson of the May 18 Memorial Foundation, statement of Gwngju Prize for Human Rights 2013 by Yoon Jang-Hyun, the chairperson of the GPHR Committee and congratulatory remarks by Kang Woon Tae, the Ceremony introduced the day’s two main organizations – H.I.J.O.S. Argentina, the laureate of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights and Tempo Weekly Magazinem the laureate of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Special Award - to the audience. Awarding the 2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Special Award and the 2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, representatives of each organization delivered an acceptance speech.


The Chairperson of the May 18 Memorial Foundation is awarding 2013 Gwangju Prize for  Human Rights Special Award to the Tempo Weekly Magazine.


▲ Members of 2013 GPHR Committee and representatives from Tempo Weekly Magazine, Mr. Wahyu Muryadi and Ms. Hermina Yosephine Kleden are posing for photo shoot.   



▲ Ms. Julia Parodi and Mr. Marcos Kari from H.I.J.O.S. is accepting 2013 GPHR certificate and medal. 



▲ Ms. Julia Parodi is delievering acceptance speech to the audience.  



▲  Peace Tree Choir is performing the songs, "When the day has come", "March for Thou" and "Morning Dew".



▲  Group Photo 


After the Ceremony, the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Celebration Concert, "Kim Jongryul's March for Love" was held from 19:00.


 ▲  2013 GPHR Celebration Concert


Acceptance speech by Julia Parodi from H.I.J.O.S.



The organization H.I.J.O.S (Hijos e Hijas por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio; which translated means  Sons and Daughters fighting for identity and justice against Oblivion and Silence) is an organization that fights for the defense of Human Rights. As members and representatives of H.I.J.O.S., we are extremely pleased and happy for having been selected to receive the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2013. It’s astonishing to know that in such varied places of the world, so distant from one another and with so different cultures, there are people, individuals and organizations, who are deeply involved in the defense of Human Rights.

Human Rights violations, political persecution, authoritarianism, illegal murders, oblivion and silence are the oppressors’ methods to operate against people. Nevertheless, the resistance to this oppression always arises. We can clearly find similarities in the forms of resistance that the Argentinian and Korean people have followed. Both in the Cordobazo (Argentina 1969) as wells as in the Gwangju Democratic Movement uprising (Korea 1980), students and workers united and stood up against the military dictatorship.

With mass murders the dictatorships tried to erase part of our histories but they failed. Memory resisted against oblivion in the May 18 Memorial Foundation as well as in H.I.J.O.S. and the rest of the organizations of the Human Rights Movement in Argentina. Memory is the way we find today to strengthen democratic values and promote the protection of the Human Rights. Argentina and Korea, Cordoba and Gwangju. The same history unites us.

H.I.J.O.S. is composed mainly by the sons and daughters of the people disappeared, executed, imprisoned by political reasons or forced to exile during the military dictatorship repression from 1976 to 1983. It is also formed by young people who are interested in taking part actively in the group by sharing their objectives and their political practices. The organization began their activities in April 1995 and has regional offices working in most of the provinces of Argentina, grouped in a National Network (Red Nacional).

H.I.J.O.S. main objectives are the historical reconstruction of the political periods in the last decades and the reporting of past and present Human Rights violations.  This will contribute to the building of a true and representative democracy in Argentina. H.I.J.O.S. works for memory, truth, identity and justice because we believe another world is possible and we are devoted to find the   way to build it.

The guidelines of H.I.J.O.S. are:

-The achievement of Justice and Punishment of the genocides and their accomplices. The prosecution of the military, police and civilians responsible for implementing State Terrorism is essential.

-The Restoration of Identity to our brothers stolen from their families by the Dictatorship. More than 500 children were born in the camps of the dictatorship, or stolen from their families when their parents were kidnapped. Most of them live today without knowing their true identity.

-The Support for the exhumation and identification of corps buried in mass graves. One of the most  relevant social impacts of the Dictatorship is linked to the figure of the disappeared. The exhumation and identification of human remains allows families not only to bury their dead but also to mourning.

-The Retaking of former illegal Detention Centers and Concentration Camps. H.I.J.O.S. believes that these places should be given back to the whole society, as evidence of crimes against humanity. In Cordoba, three of those places have become Memory Sites: a) the former D2 (Police Information Department Nº2), b) La Perla, and c) Campo La Ribera

-The Reconstruction of solidarity links destroyed by the dictatorship. With the disappearance of people and entire organizations the Dictatorship implemented terrorism within the society, and broke the networks that strengthened it.

-The Dismantling of the repressive machinery inherited from the Dictatorship. For a long  time several laws released repressors from Justice, allowing them to continue with their roles within the public and private security forces. Today there are still people with abusive practices, mainly in the Police, who torture and kill with impunity.

Since 2008, in Córdoba, militaries and civilian accomplices have been judged in four trials (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) and currently the mega-trail calledLa Perla.

 H.I.J.O.S. not only works for the criminals’ punishment, but we also work with young people who have doubts about their identity by analyzing each case, working in coordination with Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo. More than 500 children were stolen from their families by the Dictatorship; fortunately more than 100 have been found so far.

The organization also works in Memory Sites such as the museums located in La Perla and in the Archivo Provincial de la Memoria”.  These places contribute to the education and communication of Human Rights since some of our activities include weekly visits to elementary schools, high schools and the meeting with teachers to talk about the recent past of our country, the consequences of the State Terrorism and the value of democracy. In this sense H.I.J.O.S. also organizes courses and workshops for Educators.

Our organization thinks this award is an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties between our experiences and your practices to defend and promote Human Rights. From our similarities but also our differences we see an opportunity to keep on communicating and working together in the future.

We feel deeply grateful for the recognition to our work which we think also belongs to the other Human Rights organizations within the movement in Argentina. We are even prouder because it comes from people who have learned to overcome a traumatic situation and are now walking through the same road we are: the road of Memory, Truth and Justice.


Acceptance speech by Wahyu Murjadi from Tempo Weekly Magazine


Dear distinguised  guests, ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to thank the almighty God; the heroes, people who have fought for human rights, democracy, and freedom of speech – especially in Gwangju; and to the 2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee for bringing us together in this wonderful evening.

Secondly, I would like to say that Tempo Weekly – and all of our media organization incorporated under the Tempo Group – are very honored and delighted to be present here tonight, as one of the recipients of the Gwangju Prize of Human Rights in 2013. We will do everything we can in our best capability to keep this award – and most importantly, the trust – that have been given to us. This award will serve as a reminder for us to uphold human rights, and to promote the spirit of democracy and freedom of speech.

2013 is a year highly associated with human rights event for our media. Two months ago, Tempo was entrusted to receive the 2012 Yap Thian Hiam Award in our home soil. The award is presented for  individuals or organizations that have  exceptional contribution in the effort to enforce human rights in Indonesia. 

Therefore, the award presented for us tonight also act as an affirmation to our beliefs that the responsibility of a media is not limited to providing information. The media must strive to be a source of information that upholds the rights of the public that have been abused by people with authorities, the media has to be the voice of people who fights for human rights, democracy, and freedom of speech – but at the same time, maintaining its independency.

For 42 year of its existence, Tempo has to pay the price of its beliefs with severe obstacle – not to mention the sacrifices of journalists, who have to be imprisoned, numerous prosecutions, even being banned by the regime in power. The reign of the New Order government was one of the toughest times Tempo has to endure.

In addition to being banned nationally, our journalist were labeled as ‘pariahs’, rejected by society, and having a hard time to find work everywhere. Nevertheless, all of our sacrifices were paid off when our readers come up to us and said: “thank you for giving back our rights of truth, and revealed information concealed by actors of corruption, collusion, and nepotism, the abuser of human rights.”

The last ban that was imposed on us occurred during the Soeharto era on June 23, 1994. Tempo finally remerged on October 1998, following the downfall of the New Order regime and the birth of the Reformation Era. We decided to focus human rights issue in addition to democracy, corruption, politics, environmental, and terrorism.


We disagreed with any statement saying that human rights issues, despite its importance, are not commercially appealing. And Tempo is constantly challenged to discover new aspects of human rights and history that receives less public attention or purposely diverted by the authorities. Investigative journalism then became Tempo’s distinctive characteristic and strength. Our stance and policies regarding the abovementioned issues are also reflected in our opinions.


 In its very first edition published on January 12, 1971, Tempo once written the journalism principle it swore to uphold until eternity: “our journalism principle is not political journalism, which favors one side or another…We believed that the duty of the press is not to disseminate prejudice, but to eliminate it, not to conceive hate, but to communicate understanding…The one who gave command is not money or power, but good will, fairness, and conscience.”


This appreciation we receive in Gwangju today is a celebration of courage in upholding human rights. This award will be our stepping stone to reveal the truth. There will always be risks, including having to walk in this path alone. However, we believed that truth and wisdom are often found on a lonesome road.


Order of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award Ceremony


1)      Opening Performance: Son Suk-Kyeong (Singer),  Jan Yi-seul (Pianist)

2)      Opening Remarks: Oh Jae-yiel, Chairperson of the May 18 Memorial Foundation

3)      Statement of Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2013: Yoon Jang-Hyun, Chairperson of the GPHR Committee

4)      Congratulatory Remarks: Kang Woon-Tae, Mayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City

5)      Introduction Film about Laureate Organization

6)      Awarding Ceremony

7)      Speech of the GPHR Special Prize Laureate Organization

8)      Speech of the GPRH Laureate Organization

9)      Closing Performance: Hankyoreh Peace Tree Choir (When the day has come, March for Thou)

10)   Closing Address: Photos and Reception

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