BWA Human Rights Awards
Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award
The 2013 Baptist World Alliance Denton and Janice Lotz Annual Human Rights Award nomination process is now closed. The winner will be announcing proceeding the Executive Meetings held in March, 2013. Thank you all for you wonderful contributions.
The global Baptist family is invited to submit nominations of potential candidates and also to share the word with churches and denominational agencies, so that there is a broad scope of nominations for this award, which is intended to recognize and give more visibility to the work of men and women who are doing an outstanding job in defending and promoting human rights as they are defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Any individual who is a member of a Baptist church or body affiliated with the BWA is eligible. Persons shall not make nominations on their own behalf. Nominations may be made in any language used by a member body of the BWA. Former recipients from this quinquennium include: Rev. Edgar Palacios in 2012 for his prominent role in advocating for the rights of the poor and negotiating the peacemaking process that brought to an end a civil war in El Salvador; and Dr. Wati Aier in 2011, in recognition for his persistent work for peace in Nagaland over the years and his role as convener for the Forum for Naga Reconciliation.
Nominations not submitted automatically can be sent to the BWA Division on Freedom & Justice, by fax, mail, or email. Nominations must be received no later than Nov. 30, 2012.
2012: Edgar Palacios for his prominent role in advocating for the rights of the poor and negotiating the peacemaking process that brought to an end a civil war in El Salvador, which took approximately 75, 000 lives over the course of 12 years. Click Here for his award ceremony in Santiago, Chile, on July 7, 2012
2011: Wati Aier in recognition for his persistent work for peace in Nagaland over the years and his role as convener for the Forum for Naga Reconciliation.
2009: Leena Lavanya Kumari of Narasaraopet, Andhra Pradesh, India, for her philanthropic work, human rights advocacy, and church planting endeavors in Narasaraopet and surrounding towns and villages.
2008: Dennis Dilip Datta for his advocacy for Bangladesh independence, the restoration of democracy, and the establishment of religious freedom in his country.
2007: Joao and Nora Matwawana from Angola, for their role in reconciliation and peace efforts in Africa.
2006: Gustavo Parajon from Nicaragua, clergyman, vice president of the BWA for relief and development work.
The Quinquennial Human Rights Award is given every five years at the Baptist World Congress to an individual who has shown a life-long commitment toward the betterment of human rights.
2010: Denton Lotz, former general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance for a lifetime commitment to global human rights concerns.
2005: Lauran Bethell of American Baptist Churches for work with exploited women and children in Thailand.
2000: Pastor Simon from Myanmar working in the refugee camps in Northern Thailand.
1995: Former USA President Jimmy Carter, Director of the Carter Center, Georgia, USA.