Statement of 2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights
The Committee of 2013Gwangju Prize for Human Rights announces that Hijos e Hijas por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio (H.I.J.O.S) as the winner of 2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.
The Committee would like to express its deepest condolence to the victims and their families who were sacrificed by the military dictatorship not only in South America but in the rest of the World. 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 repression of the military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. It is also formed by young people who are interested in participating actively in the group by sharing their objectives and their political practices.
Since its establishment H.I.J.O.S. aims to report human rights violations that occurred for a long time in the past and build true and representative democracy in Argentina. H.I.J.O.S. strongly believes that the World can be changed with its effort and thus conducts a variety of activities for commemorating the spirit of the deceased, fact-finding and realizing justice, restoration of identity of people stolen from their families by the dictatorship, and so on. The Prize Committee especially focused on H.I.J.O.S.'s consistent efforts to bring perpetrators - military, police and civilians responsible for implementing State Terrorism - to justice.
The Prize Committee pays sincere respect and applauds to H.I.J.O.S's dedication to realize truth-seeking, judicial action, reparations, recovery of honor and commemoration, which are the 5 initiatives to overcome grave human rights violations determined by the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, and the 5 principles for Gwangju resolution. We confirmed that it is inevitable to forgive and reconcile without clarification of historical truth and genuine apology in the context of eradicating the vestiges of military regime and shameful history from the other side of the world in Argentina.
We hope H.I.J.O.S., whose spirit was inherited from the tradition of "Madres de Plaza de Mayo", Familiares de desaparecidos y detenidos por razones políticas", and "Abuelas de Plaza de mayo", can reach outstanding achievement not only in the field of punishing state criminals but also restoring of identity of children whose parents were victimized, supporting exhumation and identification of corps of those who are in mass graves, recovering of former illegal detention centers and concentration camps, reconstructing solidarity links destroyed by the dictatorship and dismantling machine that repressed people. We expect, therefore, all these achievements may encourage countries, especially those whom suffered authoritarian military regime, and give them a hopeful message.
Meanwhile, the Committee of 2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights selected Tempo Weekly Magazine Jakarta Indonesia as the laureate of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Special Award 2013. Tempo is an Indonesian weekly news magazine that is not reluctant to cover injust power and corruption in the region. It was banned by the Indonesian government for last many years ago for publishing a real situation of Indonesia. We hope Tempo may be able to play an important role in addressing freedom of press and become a valuable torchlight to enlighten the dark side of Indonesia.
25 April 2013
2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee
Chair of Committee
Yoon Jang-Hyun (Asian Human Rights Commission)
Members of Committee*
Gwan In-Suk (Korea Democracy Foundation)
In Jae-Geun (National Assembly)
Oh Jae-Yiel (The May 18 Memorial Foundation)
Park Young-Kwan (Busan Democratic Movement Memorial Association)
Seo Young-Jin (Gwangju Daily Newspaper)
Son Shim-Gil (National Human Rights Commission)
*In alphabetical order