The May 18 Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established on August 30, 1994 by the surviving victims of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, the victims, families, and the citizens of Gwangju. The Foundation aims to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Uprising, contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea, and work towards peace and human rights throughout the world. Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. The International Cooperation Team (ICT) undertakes the Foundation’s international solidarity work throughout Asia and implements this project.

Recognizing the magnitude of globalization and the overarching influence of information and communications technology, international solidarity gets highlighted as response to these global phenomena. International solidarity is one of the core tasks identified by The May 18 Memorial Foundation. It envisions an international solidarity with other countries and organizations based on common goals and mutual interests of promoting the spirit of May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising; advocating for human rights; and protecting the gains of peace and democracy.

The International Solidarity Program shall focus on partnership, participation, exchange and networking with civil society groups of Asia and the rest of the world. Particularly it will conduct:

1) regular exchange of experience and expertise with government, human rights institutions, democracy, peace and other civil society groups in Asia;

2) establish a proactive mechanism for collective action and coordination (education, campaign, and programs for social dialogues and action and address equity issues like gender equality and equal participation);

3) conduct activities and hosts forums that introduces international issues and participate in international conferences and gatherings abroad;

4) build bridges of communications among the civil society of Asia and the rest of the globe through the internet and publications of journal, newsletter, brochures and books both in Korean and English; and

5) Facilitate the exchange of experiences and technology (expertise, know-how and human resources) that goes beyond simple financial support.


Chanho Kim
Director International Cooperation Team
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


Website : (Korean) (English – International Solidarity)



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