2005 Peter Gruber Awards for Justice

Justice Prize awarded to Malaysian lawyer Param Cumaraswamy
Shan Women's Action Network, Women's League of Burma Honored


Distinguished Malaysian lawyer, Param Cumaraswamy has been selected to receive the 2005 Justice Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation.  He was a commissioner at the International Commission of Jurists since 1990 and one of its Vice-presidents from 2004 to 2005.

The Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN), which runs community-based programs for refugee women and children who have fled the civil war in Burma's Shan State, and the Women's League of Burma, an association of eleven women's groups that SWAN helped to establish, have been selected by an international panel of experts to receive the 2005 Women's Rights Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation.

Each year the Peter Gruber Foundation presents a gold medal and a $200,000 unrestricted cash award to individuals and/or groups that have made significant contributions, often at great risk, to furthering the rights of women and girls and advancing public awareness of the necessity of these rights in achieving a just world. This year's prize, which will be shared by SWAN and the Women's League of Burma, will be presented in New York City in September. 

To learn more about the Peter Gruber Foundation, visit http://www.petergruberfoundation.org.