Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Laureates

Since 2000, the May 18 Memorial Foundation recognizes exemplary individuals and organizations who greatly contributed to human rights and democracy in their countries or communities.

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights (GPHR) promotes 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. It’s the historical fact that the May 18 Democratization Movement brought democracy in Korea.

List of GPHR and SPGPHR Laureates (2000-2018)

YearNameCountry
2000 Xanana Gusmão East Timor
2001Basil Fernando (Asian Human Rights
Commission)
Sri Lanka
2002Korean Association of
Bereaved Families for Democracy
Korea
2003Dandeniya Gamage JayanthiSri Lanka
2004Aung San Suu Kyi (withdrawn last 2018)Myanmar
2005Wardah Hafidz (Urban Poor Consortium)Indonesia
2006Angkhana Neelaphaijit
(the Working Group for Justice and Peace)
Malalai Joya
Thailand
Afghanistan
2007
Lenin Raghuvanshi (People’s Vigilance
Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)

Babloo Loitongbam
Irom Chanu Sharmila(Just Peace Foundation)
India
2008Muneer A. MalikPakistan
2009Min Ko Naing (88 Generation Students Group)Myanmar
2010Sushil Pyakurel (Office of the President)Nepal
2011Binayak Sen (People’s Union for Civil Liberties)India
2012Mun Jeong Hyeon (Catholic Priests Organization for Justice)Korea
2013Hijos e Hijas la Identidad y la Justicia
contra el Olvido y el Silencio (H.I.J.O.S)
Argentina
2014Mothers of Khavaran

Adilur Rahman Khan (Odhikar)
Iran
Bangladesh
2015Latifah Anum Siregar (Alliance of Democracy for Papua)Indonesia
2016Bersih 2.0Malaysia
2017Nguyen Dan Que

Jatupat Boonpattararaksa
(Pai Dao Din)
Vietnam
Thailand
2018Fr. Nandana Manatunga (Human Rights Office Kandy)Sri Lanka

List of Special Prize Awardees

YearNameCountry
2011The Parents Circle Families Forum
Palestine and Israel
2013TempoIndonesia
2015Sombath Sompone (Participatory Development Training Center)Laos