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Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2020

Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2020

Country: South Korea
City: Gwangju
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To promote the spirit of the May 18 Democratization Movement, in which the people of Gwangju resisted brutal military forces for the sake of democracy as well as 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 (GPHR). Since 2000, the Foundation has been bestowing the GPHR to individuals, groups, and institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed to promoting and advancing human rights, democracy, and peace in their work.

The prize is 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. Moreover, it is hoped that through this Award, the spirit and message of May 18 will be immortalized in the hearts and minds of humankind.

Eligibility for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

Any individual or organization that meets the nomination criteria may nominate for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. A nomination by any person or an organization is valid that falls within one of the following categories:

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

The candidates eligible for the GPHR are those persons or organizations nominated by a qualified individual or a qualified organization. However, self-nomination is not permissible for the award.

Selection of the GPHR

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is responsible for the selection of eligible candidates and the choice of the GPHR. The selection committee composed of seven members will access each application. The rest of the procedure will abide by the Articles of Association.

How to apply for the Gwangju Human Rights Prize

Eligible personnel may nominate a candidate for Human Rights Prize. S/he must download and complete the nomination form. The nomination for a candidate constitutes:

  • Nomination Form (download the attachment)
  • Likewise, two ID Photos (paste them on the designated spots)
  • Also, other materials that can substantiate activities and eligibility for the award

The nominating personnel must send all documents via e-mail.


The May 18 Memorial Foundation accepts the application for the  2020 Gwangju Prize until November 30, 2019. Applications arriving after the deadline are not eligible for the prize


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 November,2019
CountrySouth Korea
Open toCitizens of Gwangju
OrganizerMay 18 Memorial Foundation
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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