Peru: DHUMA recognised for their work on the promotion of human rights for indigenous peoples
24/5/18 - Pax Christi International would like to extend our congratulations to Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente or DHUMA, a member of Pax Christi Peru, on being recognised with the International Human Rights Award Letelier-Moffit 2018 from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. DHUMA is also a member of the Pax Christi International Advocacy Working Group on Extractives in Latin America.
In the notification letter for the award, John Cavanaugh, the director of IPS, writes, "Each year, a commission composed of distinguished human rights leaders chooses the winners. Manuel Pérez Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies together with the Democracy Center of Bolivia have nominated DHUMA to receive the award in 2018 for its dedication to the 'promotion of culture, autonomy and self-determination for indigenous peoples.'"
The International Human Rights Award Letelier-Moffit 2018 began in 1978 to honor and elevate efforts to highlight human rights work, in memory of two former colleagues of IPS, Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt. The award will be bestowed in Washington, D.C. in October 2018.
In their acceptance letter, Cristóbal Yugra Villanueva, Executive Director of DHUMA, writes, "With enormous satisfaction and pride, we accept this award. We are immensely pleased that an institution of international recognition like yours has considered the work we do and distinguished it with this award. ... We are grateful for the encouragement this award means for the work we do with the Aymaras and Quechua people to whom we dedicate our service."