APMF Peace Prize winner 2016: HJ. D.S. Dewi, S.H., M.H., Indonesia
In Indonesia, we decided to award the prize to someone who we wanted to encourage to continue their work.
Judge Dewi was selected because since 2004 she has been actively promoting court-annexed mediation in many different contexts in Indonesia:
- In the courts where she is successfully providing mediation for a range of civil cases and criminal cases (including cases involving children and domestic violence cases) and mediation training to others
- As a guest lecturer in Universities and in various Ministries
Judge Dewi has studied mediation in other countries including Japan, France, the Netherlands and Singapore and has attended international mediation conferences in Malaysia and Bangkok. In addition to promoting mediation, she actively champions the rights of women and the protection of children in the Indonesia’s juvenile courts.
Dr José Manuel Ramos-Horta was awarded the inaugural APMF peace prize in 2001 for his peace-work in East Timor.
José Manuel Ramos-Horta GCL is the United Nations’ special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). He was appointed to this position on 2 January 2012. Previously, he was special envoy to fellow Lusophone country, Guinea-Bissau, and was the President of East Timor from 20 May 2007 to 20 May 2012, the second since independence from Indonesia. He is a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and a former prime minister, having served from 2006 until his inauguration as president after winning the 2007 East Timorese presidential election. As a founder and former member of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), Ramos-Horta served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance during the years of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (1975 to 1999). While he has continued to work with FRETILIN, Ramos-Horta resigned from the party in 1988, becoming an independent politician. After East Timor achieved independence in 2002, Ramos-Horta was appointed as the country’s first foreign minister. He served in this position until his resignation on 25 June 2006, amidst political turmoil. On 26 June, following the resignation of prime minister Mari Alkatiri, Ramos-Horta was appointed acting prime minister by then president, Xanana Gusmão. Two weeks later, on 10 July 2006, he was officially sworn in as the second prime minister of East Timor. On 11 February 2008, Ramos-Horta was injured when he was shot during an assassination attempt.
2. The PEACE Foundation Melanesia was awarded the Peace Prize in 2003. It is an NGO in Papua New Guinea that provides mediation and restorative justice training to local communities and groups in conflict. Br. Pat Howley is the executive director.
3. Dame Joan Metge, DBE a widely respected social anthropologist from New Zealand, was awarded the Peace Prize in 2006.
Dame Alice Joan Metge, DBE is a social anthropologist, educator, lecturer and writer. She was educated at the University of Aukland and the London School of Economics where she earned her Ph.D in 1958. Metge is a past winner of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for her research in the social sciences. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1987 for services to anthropology. She continues to advance peace initiatives via her work as a member of the Waitangi National Trust Board, a conference presenter, adviser, and as a mentor to mediators and conflict management practitioners. A scholar on Māori topics, she has been recognised for promoting cross-cultural awareness and has published a number of books and articles in her career. She has likened the relationship among the people of New Zealand to “a rope [of] many strands which when woven or working together create a strong nation” (as paraphrased by Silvia Cartwright).
4. Sister Guilhermina Marcal, FdCC was awarded the Peace Prize in 2011 for her work in East Timor.
Guilhermina Marçal is a Roman Catholic Canossian sister. She was born in Same (East Timor) and has been working for the promotion of social, economic and cultural rights in that country.The Catholic Church in East Timor has been at the heart of the humanitarian operations in the wake of the country’s political crises and ethnic violence. Sister Guilhermina’s story of bravery and outstanding service to the people is one of many. When people fled violence, looting and arson attacks between April and June 2006, they sought shelter in a convent run by the Canossian Sisters. More than 8,000 people were formally registered at the site, but convent head Sister Guilhermina Marcal said the number swelled to up to 13,000 at night. She and other convent nuns ran the camp by themselves for the first four months. Sister Guilhermina said the convent camp had problems with malaria, dengue fever, and diarrhea. She also said 1 in 7 of the IDP’s in her camp had HIV or AIDS. She was appointed in 2010 to the Commission for the Timorese National Police (PNTL) Promotion by the East Timor State Secretary for the Council of Ministers.