This is a set of frequently asked questions related to the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. The answers have been prepared based on the responses to the queries by nominators and those interested in this award.
1. Who is the referee?
The referee is someone who can endorse the Prize nomination submitted by a nominator. A nominator must designate one referee who knows well about the nominee and understands his/her/its main achievements.
When the May 18 Memorial Foundation needs further information or have any inquiry about the nominee it can contact both the nominator and the nominee.
2. The nominee is not from Asia. Is he/she/it still eligible for the Prize?
The Prize goes to an individual or an organization that has struggled for or contributed to the improvement and advancement of human rights, democracy and peace in their community and country, regardless of his/her/its nationality.
3. Can I nominate the chairperson of the organization I work at present? Can I nominate the organization I am working for?
An individual cannot be nominated by his/her own organization. Likewise, an individual working for the organization cannot nominate his/her organization.
4. What is the difference between the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights and the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Special Award?
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.
Both the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights (GPHR) and the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Special Award (GPHR Special Award) go to the individual (s) or organization (s) that has/have struggled for or contributed to the improvement and advancement of human rights, democracy, and peace in their community and country. In particular, the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Special Award is aimed at awarding those that have contributed to the promotion of democracy and human rights through research, journalism, culture or any form of art.
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.
5. Is it possible to nominate one nominee for both the GPHR and the GPHR Special Award?
A nominator can nominate only one nominee for the GPHR or GPHR Special Award. nee.
6. I have integral information on the nominee. However, I do not fully understand what kind of reference I should submit for nomination. Is it the reference of the nominator’s organization or the reference of the nominee?
If the nominee is an individual the reference must focus on his/her major achievements and important activities rather than his/her organizational activities. If an individual’s work is deeply interlinked with his/her organization, nomination must describe his/her contribution to the organizational work in detail.
7. I have integral information regarding the nominee. However, some supporting documents are not written in English. Can I submit those items?
The nomination form and supporting documents must be submitted in either Korean or English.
8. When is the public announcement of the Prize winner?
The Prize committee chooses a winner approximately 120 days from the application deadline. The public announcement and press conference for this year’s award will be held in the mid-April.
9. Should all documents be sent by both e-mail and post?
All documents should be sent either by email or post. If you send hard copies to the Foundation by post, please be sure you have included all requirements in one envelope.