BWA Human Rights Awards
The award is given for lifetime achievement to an individual who has shown significant accomplishments in global advocacy for human rights and the pursuit of social justice and peace within a local or the wider global community.
Nominations are open to persons (not organizations), who meet the criteria for lifetime achievement in human rights advocacy and representation. Persons shall not make nominations on their own behalf. Current employees of the BWA and participating judges shall not make nominations or be award candidates.
All nominations must be received by January 16, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Nominations not submitted via the online form above can be done via the pdf fillable form and sent to the BWA Communications Division by fax, mail, or email. Instructions on how to print and submit in one of these methods can be found at the top of the nomination form.
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.
The 2014 Baptist World Alliance Denton and Janice Lotz Annual Human Rights Award nomination process is now CLOSED. Thanks to your nominations, Rev. Ilie Coada of Moldova is the recipient of this year's BWA Human Rights Award. The Award will be given at this year's Annual Gathering in Izmir, Turkey. Click here for press release.
The Baptist World Alliance Denton and Janice Lotz Annual Human Rights Award, established in 2006, is given annually for significant and effective activities to secure, protect, restore, or preserve human rights - those rights inherent in our nature as human beings. For purposes of the Award, the term "human rights" includes all those rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and such other rights as may be declared in actions by any of the following organs of the United Nations: General Assembly, Security Council, Economic & Social Council, Trusteeship Council, and International Court of Justice (i.e. Declaration on the Rights of the Child).
2013: Glen Stassen for his longtime role as the foremost proponent of the globally recognized Just Peacemaking Theory in matters or war and conflict. Click HERE for press release.
** April 26, 2014: Baptist Ethicist Dr. Glen Stassen has gone to be with the Lord. An active member of the Commission on Peace, Dr. Stassen made a great difference in the lives of many around the world, and we express our sadness at his passing, as well as deep gratitude for what he represented to all of us. Though the world has lost an invaluable person, his memory and the work he has done for peace and justice as a committed Christian and Baptist will remain with us. He was one of those few scholars who managed so well to combine theory and praxis, and at the end of the day, his legacy will not allow us to rest. As we remember him, let us be inspired and challenged to carry on his legacy and work even harder and more diligently for peace and equality throughout the world.
We thank members such as Dan Buttry, who have published tributes about this brilliant man.
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 press release.
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.