Ms. Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez

29th Recipient, 2012, Guatemala

Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez (born as Kaqchikel Mayan, in Guatemala, 1956) is a courageous human rights activist and leader. She lives and works in Guatemala, a county that has for many decaded suffered extraordinary violence and internal strife. During the conflict, her father and husband were kindnapped by Guatemalan Army. In 1988, together with other women who suffered in same tragedy, Rosalina founded the National Association of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA), which has become a leading Guatemalan human rights organization.