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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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