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2008 GAHRFS Closing Exercise

Closing Remarks of Chairman Kwang Jang Yoon (518 Chairman):

Please give big hands to all participants who have successfully completed the 2008 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School. Thank you very much.

We regret that we could not have more time to share our experiences and knowledge. Also, despite of hot weather we hope that you can bring with you the beautiful memories and knowledge which you learned from the folk school program.

We had a very valuable time to share the information about the Democratic Movements here in Korea including the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, Civil Society activities in Asia for last 2 weeks. We now know and understand similarities and recognize our differences. Moreover, we have proposed and discussed various contents and methods for democracy and the development of Human Rights.

We, at the May 18 Memorial Foundation, will try to contribute more and more for the frequent exchange and further cooperation. To do so, we expect all of you will play a significant role on this initiative.

Finally, we hope that your trip to Yul-po beach tomorrow will be another wonderful experience.

I congratulate you all graduates of the 2008 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School.

Also, we would like to express our appreciation to all the lecturers and staff who work hard for the successful conduct of the folk school.

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Senior Participants Out of Town Trip

Visit at Provincial Hall



Country Presentation – Human Rights, Peace and Democracy Situation

Country Presentation India

Country Presentation: Nepal


Country Presentation: Bangaldesh

Visit to 518 National Cemetery





Chairman Kwang Jang Yoon addresses 2008 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School

Participants of the 2008 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School were welcomed by the The May 18 Memorial Foundation Chairman Mr. Kwang Jang Yoon in the opening ceremony held at Chosun University, Gwangju, ROK. Fourteen countries are represented in this year’s folk school.

The participants will be introduced particularly to the pivotal role of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, both through theoretical and practical experiences such as seminars, discussions and field trips to the sites of democratization movements in Korea. Selected speakers will be giving lecture and facilitate discussions for the next two weeks. Most of them were former student activists who are now recognized as important civil society leaders and at the same time important people in the academe here in South Korea.

Read more here: http://518.org/eng/html/main.html?act=dtl&TM18MF=05010000&idx=185&page=1&key=&keyword=

518 Announces 2008 Human Rights Folk School Participants

Now on its 5th year, The May 18 Memorial Foundation will be hosting the 2008 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School on August 11-29, 2008 in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. Twenty-five (25) participants from 14 Asian countries were chosen to attend the folk school.

Popularized by NFS Grundtvig, folk school is a pedagogy emulated all over the world as an alternative, democratic and popular medium of education. The aim of the folk school is to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia and provide participants an opportunity to learn and experience Korea’s history and the development process of its human rights and democracy. The Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School will be conducted both on a theoretical and practical experiences through seminars, workshops, discussions, and field trips to Korea’s sites of democratization movements.

Read more here: http://518.org/eng/html/main.html?act=dtl&TM18MF=05010000&idx=138&page=1

The following are the Lists of Participants to the 2008 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folks School:

A. Senior

1) Ataur Rahman BMSF – Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadhik Forum (Bangladesh Human Rights Journalist Forum)
2) Ihagama Gedara Mudiyanselage Asela Bandara Commission for Justice Peace Human Development Human Rights Secretariate
3) Jebra Ram Muchahary ICITP – Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples North East Zone
4) Jessica E. Amon COM – Community Organizers Multiversity
5) Rowena Legaspi Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc.


B. Middle Manager

1) Md. Sazzad Hussain Odhikar
2) Pitttiya Gedara Chameera Eroshana Perera AFMD – Association of Family Members of the Dissapeared
3) Mohammad Nasir Karimi UNAMA – Organization Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan
4) Meng Jiuan Chen Taiwan Tati Cultural and Educational Foundation
5) Kshetrimayum Onil Reachout
6) Vince Aureflor Cinches Central Visayas Fisherfolk Development Center, Inc.
7) Dhiah Hartini Voice of Human Rights News Centre
8) Prashant Singh PVCHR – People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights
9) Kieratikarn Techavadranakool Rainbow Dream Group
10) Muhammad Imran Afridi FRSO – Frontier Rural Support Organization

C. Junior
1) Bhawana Bhatta Youth Action Nepal
2) Paudyal Mahesh National Human Rights Commission, Nepal
3) Nai-Wei Cheng The Memorial Foundation of 228
4) Toi Hooi Neow DEMA – Malaysia Youth and Student Democratic Movement
5) Jiranan Hanthamrongwit Foundation for Community Educational Media
6) Niabdulghafar Asian Resource Foundation
7) Gufron IMPARSIAL – The Indonesian Human Rights Monitor
8) Kuy Rumduol Youth for Peace
9) Kong Keo Sokunthea CCIM – Cambodia Center for Independent Media
10) Janet B. Macailing Workers Assistance Center, Inc.


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