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]

List of Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Laureates[edit]

Year[1] Awardee[1] Country[1]
2016 Nguyen Dan Que  Vietnam
Bersih  Malaysia
2015 Latifah Anum Siregar  Indonesia
2014 Adilur Rahman Khan  Bangladesh
Mothers of Khavaran  Iran
2013 H.I.J.O.S  Argentina
2000 Xanana Gusmão  East Timor
2001 Basil Fernando  Sri Lanka
2002 Korean Association of Bereaved Families for Democracy  South Korea
2003 Dandeniya Gamage Jayanthi  Sri Lanka
2004 Aung San Suu Kyi  Burma
2005 Wardah Hafidz  Indonesia
2006 Malalai Joya  Afghanistan
Angkhana Neelaphaijit  Thailand
2007 Irom Chanu Sharmila  India
Lenin Raghuvanshi  India
2008 Muneer A. Malik  Pakistan
2009 Min Ko Naing  Burma
2010 Sushil Pyakurel    Nepal
2011 Binayak Sen  India
2012 Mun Jeong Hyeon  South Korea

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "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. ^ "Binayak Sen awarded human rights prize". IANS. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.