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Civic Groups Oppose Dictator’s Name for Park

Dear All,

This is the hot issue now here in South Korea.

Thanks,

Amin Iskandar.

Civic Groups Oppose Dictator's Name for Park

Civic groups and netizens gathered on Monday to oppose a local government's decision to name a park after a dictator in Hapchon, South Kyongsang Province.

Hapchon county said that it has decided to name the yet-to-be-built park “Ilhae Park,'' after former President Chun Doo-hwan's pen name.

Chun grabbed power in a coup in 1981, and in 1996, was involved in a bribery scandal that took place during his presidency.

Hapchon county held a residents' vote on Dec. 20 to name the park and the name Ilhae Park was the most favored. After the result was announced, many residents and netizens opposed the decision.

They said the name would be an embarrassment as Chun was a dictator, who made people suffer. They said the voting process was in doubt since the opening process was not done properly and they questioned whether the voters followed their will or not.

The group has held several rallies, asking the government to withdraw the naming decision.

Hapchon Residents' Movement headquarters said that it will file for a provisional disposition to stop the 3.5 billion won construction project and will also launch a signature-gathering campaign to annul the decision.

However, the local government recently said it has no plan to change the decision and that the name will be officially announced soon.

News from Korean Times.


Chanho Kim
Director International Cooperation Team
Email: surnadal@hanmail.net
Mobile: +82 10 4462 6650

Contact info:
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
5.18 Memorial Culture Hall
Seo-Gu, Sangmudong 1268
Postcode  502-260
Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 456 0518  
Fax. +82 62 456 0519
Email: may18interns@gmail.com
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ANNOUNCEMENT: CALL FOR NOMINATION OF GWANGJU PRIZE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD 2007

Greetings!

We are pleased to announce call for nomination of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2007.

What is Gwangju Prize for Human Rights?

Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award 2007

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award 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 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 and search for truth. It is hoped that through this award the spirit and message of the May 18 will be immortalized in the hearts and mind of humankind.

The previous winner of Gwangju Prize for Human Rights are:

1) 2000 : Xanana Gusmao (President of East Timor)
2) 2001 : Basil Fernando   (Executive Director of AHRC, Hong Kong)
3) 2002 : Korean Association of Bereaved Families for Democracy (South Korea)
4) 2003 : Dandeniya Gamage Jayanthi (Monument for The Disappeared, Sri Lanka)
5) 2004 : Aung San Suu Kyi (NLD General Secretary, Burma)
6) 2005 : Wardah Hafidz (UPC General Secretary, Indonesia)
7) 2006 : Angkhana Neelaphaijit (Thailand) and Malalai Joya (Member of Parliament, Afghanistan)

To read more about Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2007, please click  here.
The nomination form are attached above.  

If you have question regarding this, don't hesitate to contact:

Sangseon Kim or Marj Ibanez

Email: gwangjuprize@gmail.com


Chanho Kim
Director International Cooperation Team
Email: surnadal@hanmail.net
Mobile: +82 10 4462 6650

Contact info:
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
5.18 Memorial Culture Hall
Seo-Gu, Sangmudong 1268
Postcode  502-260
Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 456 0518  
Fax. +82 62 456 0519
Email: may18interns@gmail.com
Website : www.518.org
Blogs:518solidarity.blogspot.com
         518interns.blogspot.com
         518folkschool.blogspot.com

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF TWO INTERNATIONAL INTERNS FOR 2007

Greetings !

Call for Application for the Gwangju International Internship Program 2007

We are pleased to announce a call for application for the Gwangju International Internship Programme on Human Rights 2007. This programme is conducted by The May 18 Memorial Foundation based in Gwangju City, South Korea. The Foundation was founded with the funds from Gwangju citizens, sympathetic overseas Koreans, and from individuals who sacrificed and got indemnification from the government. It was created on August 30, 1994 by people who believe it's important to keep the ideas and memories of the 1980 May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising alive and remembered.  Read  more the information at the attached files or cut and paste this link in your browser:   http://eng.518.org/main.html?TM18MF=B04&bc_table=ENG_NOTICE&form_act=V&bnum=20&page=1

Note: The May 18 Memorial Foundation is preparing for the celebration and commemoration of the Gwangju Democractic Uprising of 1980. Different events and celebrations are slated for this year 2007. Please visit the English section of our website at   www.518.org for more information.  

Best regards,

Amin Iskandar
Coordinator of International Exchange Program

Email: amin.iskandar@gmail.com
Mobile: +8210-5696-0518


Chanho Kim
Director International Cooperation Team
Email: surnadal@hanmail.net
Mobile: +82 10 4462 6650

Contact info:
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
5.18 Memorial Culture Hall
Seo-Gu, Sangmudong 1268
Postcode  502-260
Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 456 0518  
Fax. +82 62 456 0519
Email: may18interns@gmail.com
Website : www.518.org
Blogs:518solidarity.blogspot.com
         518interns.blogspot.com
         518folkschool.blogspot.com


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