Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

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The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights is an award given by the South Korean May 18 Memorial Foundation to recognize "individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace through their work."[1] The award is intended to commemorate the spirit of the May 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement (also known as "518" for its 18 May start), in which pro-democracy citizens battled soldiers in protest of the military reign of Chun Doo-hwan.[1][2] As the organization's website explains, "Gwangju received valuable help from others while undertaking the struggle to examine the truth behind the May 18 uprising, and while striving to develop true democracy. In response, we would like to give something back to those who supported our cause for peace and democracy."[1] As of 2011, the prize carried a cash award of $50,000USD.[3]

Winners of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Gwangju Prize for Human Rights". May 18 Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Becky Branford (18 May 2005). "Lingering legacy of Korean massacre". BBC News. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Binayak Sen awarded human rights prize". IANS. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Kul Chandra Gautam (17 May 2010). "Spirit of Gwangju binds Nepal and Korea". The Korea Times. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "2012 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award Ceremony". Gwangju Prize. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.