Winners of Human Rights Essay Competition
The Ateneo Human Rights
Center (AHRC) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) announced
the winners of their recently concluded essay-writing contest.
Dr. Au Parong, Professor Amparita Santa Maria, Professor Gilbert
Sembrano, and FNF Resident Representative Siegfried Herzog evaluated
over 60 entries that addressed the issue: “Does
the universality of human rights require a particular type of
Johann Carlos S. Barcena bagged first place with his essay “Consolidating
Democracy and the Modern Concept of Human Rights.” The
second place winner is Mark Robert Dy with his essay “Own
Thyself.” The third best essay,
“The Fallibility of Democratic Structures and the
Necessary Democratic Paradigm” is written by
Leo Martin Angelo Ruiz
here for the rest of the winners and their essays.
“The essays shed light on Filipino views of the democratic
system and the role it plays for human rights. We hope
that this competition inspires more discussions and spells out
an increase in awareness for the institutional framework needed
for the protection of human rights in the country today,”
Fifteen of the top essays in the competition will be published
in a book.
The essay-writing contest is sponsored by AHRC and FNF. The first
prize is a trip to Germany and participation in a seminar on human
rights. Second prize is Php15,000 and third prize is Php10,000.
Those ranking 4th-15th will receive Php3,000. each.