Foundation calls for nomination for 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce the call for 2019 nominations for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights (GPHR) and the Special Prize of the GPHR (SPGPHR).

What are GPHR and SPGPHR?

To promote the spirit of the May 18 Democratization Movement, in which the people of Gwangju resisted against brutal military forces for the sake of democracy and human rights in 1980, the May 18 Memorial Foundation recognizes the exemplary efforts of individuals and organizations aspiring to the restoration of justice and human rights in their respective countries through the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Prize. Since 2000, the Foundation has been bestowing the ‘Gwangju Prize for Human Rights’ to individuals, groups, and institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy, and peace in their work.

SPGPHR is for an individual or an organization that has contributed to the promotion of democracy and human rights through cultural activities, journalism, and academic fields.

These prizes are awarded by the citizens of Gwangju in the spirit of solidarity and gratitude to those who have helped them in their struggle for democratization and their search for truth. It is hoped that through this award, the spirit and message of May 18 will be immortalized in the hearts and minds of humankind.

Who can nominate awardees?

A nomination for the GPHR and the SPGPHR can be submitted by any individual or organization who meets the nomination criteria.  Any nomination is considered valid if it is submitted by a person or an organization that falls within one of the following categories:

  1. Individuals or organizations who won the May 18 Citizens Award and/or Yun Sang-won Award
  2. Previous Gwangju Prize for Human Rights laureates
  3. Organizations in Korea or overseas working for human rights, peace, and reunification of Koreas that have been active three years or more and that the May 18 Memorial Foundation Directorate decides to request their nomination
  4. Any individual or organization in Korea or overseas that agrees on the purpose of the GPHR

Who are eligible to be awarded?

The candidates eligible for the GPHR or SPGPHR are those persons or organizations nominated by a qualified individual or a qualified organization. A nomination of yourself will not be taken into consideration.

How are they selected?

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is responsible for the selection of eligible candidates and the choice of the GPHR and the SPGPHR laureates. The selection committee is composed of seven members who are designated by the May 18 Memorial Foundation’s Articles of Association. The rest of the procedure will abide by the Articles of Association.

When is the deadline for submission?

The period of submission is on September 17 ~ December 31, 2018 (by 24:00 Korea time)

What are the requirements?

i)   Nomination Form (Download the attachment)

ii)  Two ID Pictures (paste them on the designated spots)

iii)  Other materials that can substantiate your activities and eligibility for the award

To whom do we submit the documents?

 An e-mail confirming the receipt and validity of the submitted nomination will be sent out to the nominator once the submission is complete.

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