|Guatemalan Mayan woman honored|
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Rosalina Tuyuc Velasquez, right, is pictured with Mayan widows of Comalapa, Guatemala, in this 2003 file photo. Tuyuc, a Catholic human rights activist, has won the Niwano Peace Prize. The annual prize recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to interreligious cooperation and peace.
Catholic News Service
Guatemalan Mayan human rights activist, Rosalina Tuyuc Velasquez, has been chosen the 2012 winner of the Niwano Peace Prize.
Tuyuc, a Catholic who has preserved traditional Mayan beliefs and spiritual practices, will receive a medal and the equivalent of about $250,000 in cash, during a ceremony in Toyko in May.
The Niwano Peace Foundation established the Niwano Peace Prize to honor and encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to interreligious cooperation and peace.
In 1988, Tuyuc and other women founded the National Coordinating Organization of Widows of Guatemala, a human rights organization.