Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award 2018 – presented in 2019

The Gandhi Foundation is delighted to have been able to belatedly present the 2018 Peace Award to Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the campaign group Mines and Communities.

The Peace Award was presented at the special conference co organised by the Gandhi Foundation to celebrate Gandhi’s 150 birthday and to explore what Gandhi’s voice would say about the world today, particularly about conflict resolution, the economy and climate change. These are all themes that are central to campaigning of Victoria and Mines and Communities. 

The Award was presented at the conference by anthropologist Felix Padel, who nominated Victoria and Mines and Communities for last year’s Peace Award.

In his citation, Felix said; 

“Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an indigenous woman from the Philippines who has come into high profile during the last few years as UN Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Before this she and her husband started an organisation called TEBTEBBA to highlight agonising social situations in Philippines

In 2001 she joined others in forming Mines & Communities (see a London-based resource centre on how mining/metal projects have affected communities worldwide, as a prime source of conflicts. 

Both Victoria and Mines and Communities have done extraordinary work in bringing peace in extractive-industries-caused conflict situations, for which M&C has received little acknowledgement”. 

Although Victoria has received huge praise in her UN role, Philippines is a country where the President openly calls human rights activists “terrorists”, and she was recently on a Philippines terrorist list, which meant she was liable for assassination or arbitrary arrest. She was only taken off this list fairly recently”.

l. to r: Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Felix Padel, Andrew Whitmore

Categories: 1. News & Events, 2. Peace Award


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