Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New Interns for 2008

Gregoria Barbarica Kristina Ritasari
" Ria"

Gregoria Barbarica Kristina Ritasari or Ria is from Indonesia. She is a program coordinator of Solidaritas Nusa Bangsa Foundation (SNB or Homeland Solidarity) a Non-government organization with a vision of realizing a democratic Indonesian society, respecting the value of brotherhood and equality in pluralism. Ria works closely with victims family of racial discrimination.

She feels the need to learn some more and to be in a challenging situation where she can improve her capability as an international human rights worker. She believes that the internship program is an opportunity to manifest her dream and the things she likes to do. Ria is very eager to learn the spirit of democratic movement in Korea and build international network in Asia. She hopes that her internship experience will help her improve her work with the victims’ communities in Indonesia.

Thet Din

Thet Din is the new intern from Cambodia. In 2007 he was a chosen by Khmer Youth Association as a Youth Partners in Development Program (YPD 2007). He joined an exchange program between Cambodia and Sweden that was supported by Swedish Centre for International Youth Exchange, and YPD for a six-month program divided into two three-month phases. First phase in Cambodia, Din worked as a volunteer for Oxfam-Australia for a project in Natural Disaster Management and a lead community educator for Community Development Education. Second phase was conducted in Sweden where he was assigned at International Jönköping University as counselor for an International Development Projects Resource Service for International Project.

He describes himself as modest, happy and most of the time a funny person. Thet says “I would like to see new things and ideas, especially I would like to learn new knowledge and meet all kind of people from everywhere, to become a better person”.

A music enthusiast who likes to sing considers music as part of his life (welcome to Korea’s noraebangs!). At the age of 40 he wants to become a university teacher, so he is preparing for it. And above all, Thet wants to become a core participant in developing his country.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Last Call


Accepting Nominations for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2008

Now, on its 8th year, the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights is now open for nomination. Since its inception, this prestigious award has been given to 9 individuals and a Korean organization. In 2006 and 2007 saw co-winners receiving the award. Among the winners include Xanana Gusmao (Timor Leste), Daw Aung San Suu Kyii ( Burma), Wardah Hafidz ( Indonesia), Malalai Joya (Afghanistan ) and Irom Sharmila (India).

For 2008, the prize at stake is US$ 50,000.00 , a gold medal and a certificate. The winner will be invited to grace the 2008 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award Night on 18 May 2008 , in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. This yearly award is sponsored by the May 18 Memorial Foundation.

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights was established to celebrate the spirit of May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising by recognizing both individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in 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 from those whom they have received help in their struggle for democratization. It is hoped that through this award the spirit and message of May 18 will be immortalized in the hearts and mind 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 on their contribution to improving human rights and peace throughout the world.
2). To reward individuals, groups and institutions in Korea and/or abroad for promoting the goals of the May 18 Democratic Uprising as a movement toward unification and cooperation.

Deadline for submission of application form is 30 March 2008. Please visit our website ( ) and blogsites( and )for other related information.

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