Home > Programes & Activities > Gwangju Prize for Human Rights
The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights was established to celebrate the spirit of the May 18 Gwangju Uprising by recognizing both individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace through their work. The prize is awarded by the citizens of Gwangju in the spirit of solidarity and gratitude to those from whom they have received help in their struggle for democratization and the 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.
The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, which is given yearly, has the following aims: 1) to enhance the spirit of the May 18 Democratic Uprising by awarding individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad for their contribution to improving human rights and peace throughout the world; and 2) to recognize the role of individuals, groups and institutions in Korea and/or abroad in promoting the goals of the May 18 Democratic Uprising by moving toward unification and cooperation. Prize money amounting to KRW 50,000,000.00, a gold medal and a certificate will be awarded to the winner.
Criteria of a candidate for nomination for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights To be an eligible candidate for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights the nomination must be made by an individual or organization who has been invited to nominate names for consideration. An individual can not nominate himself or herself. The following core criteria should be considered: 1) An outstanding person or group, active in the promotion and advocacy of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights. 2) A person or group that works for the reunification of Korea.
We are looking for somebody who has worked hard for human rights issues and related fields, especially those connected with the spirit of the May 18 Uprising. We shall award our prize to commemorate the May 18 Uprising and the values it represents in Gwangju and Korea, namely: democracy, freedom, and human rights.
We shall select a person who has taken action to work for peace on the KoreanPeninsula through attempts to overcome the division of Korea, both geographically and socially. Emphasis will be put on attempts to seek peaceful reunification through a non-governmental organization, and the sharing of aims and beliefs valued by the May 18 Memorial Foundation.
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.
Previous Winners of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights have been: