Human Rights Abuses Mounting
DECEMBER 12, 1986/MONTROSE VOICE 3
The Rothko Chapel Awards
By Mary Schlangenstein
United Press International
A horror story continues to unfold in
Guatemala, the KGB is brutalizing
Soviet prisoners .and the United States
forces Central Americans to return to
their war torn nations, said the recipients of two human rights awards in
Montrose Wednesday as they pleaded
for more assistance.
South African Bishop Desmond Tutu
presented the Rothko Chapel Awards
for Commitment to Truth and Freedom
to seven individuals and two organizations at the ceremonies, which is no
doubt the biggest event in Montrose
that attracts world recognition.
Bishop Desmond Tutu and former
President Jimmy Carter meet with the
press following the awards ceremony
Former President Jimmy Carter presented the first $100,000 Carter-Menil
Human Rights Prize to Soviet dissident
Yuri Orlov and the Mutual Support
Orlov said that although publicity
about human rights suffering has led to
the early release from prison this year of
18 Soviet political prisoners, the recent
meeting in Iceland between President
Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has led to increased pressure on
those still jailed.
"The KGB is getting its revenge on
those who still languish in labor
camps," Orlov said through an interpreter.
"Here, in a note I have received
secretly smuggled out of Perm labor
camp Number 36, it says after the Reykjavik summit the regime in the labor
camp became more brutal and continues to deteriorate.
Two people given human rights
awards and the founder of the honor
accused the Reagan administration of
ignoring Central American human
rights abuses, and Orlov said Soviet
oppression is getting worse.
Oil heiress Dominique de Menil of
Houston, who with her late philanthropist husband founded the $10,000
Rothko ('hapel Awards, appeared with
not allowed to attend the cermonies by
Soviet psychiatrist Anatoly Koryagin
is imprisoned for documenting Soviet
use of psychiatric treatment as punishment for political activists.
Anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph
was denied a passport to leave South
Africa to accept the award and her co-
recipient, Albertina Sisulu, did not
apply for a passport because of restrictions placed on her by the governemnt.
(from left) Dr. Gwendolyn Carter (a friend of award winner Helen Joseph),
Leonidas Proano, Dominique de Menil. and Rev. John Fife during the
rehearsal for the Rothko Chapel Awards
the award winners at a news conference.
"I don't think this administration is
doing enough, no, certainly not," she
said. "Pm very worried about what is
happening in Central America."
Nineth de Garcia, a founder of Mutual
Support Group in Guatemala, which
has demanded the government account
for the disappearances of more than
41,000 people, said the Reagan administration is aware of human rights abuse
in her country but has taken no steps to
The disappearance of thousands of
men, women and children, including de
Garcia's husband, represents a "horror
story" in her country, she said.
"We want to appeal to the people of
the United States because often they do
not know what is happening to us," said
Dominique de Menil with Dr. Cronid
Lubarsky, an expatriot Russion firing
in Munich who keeps track of Soviet
de Garcia. "We know that the government of the United States does know
what is happening."
Another Rothko Award honored the
Sanctuary Movement, a controversial
nationwide network of churches that
work to secure political asylum for Sal-
vadorans and Nicaraguans fleeingcivil
war in their homelands.
Rev. John Fife, pastor of the South-
side Presbyterian Church in Phoenix,
Arizona, represented the Sanctuary
Movement. He also criticized the
government's failure to allow the refugees to remain in the United States.
Other honorees were retired Bishop
I,collides Proano, who has worked for
human and economic rights for Ecuadoran Indians; attorneys Johnathan Kut-
tab and Raja Shehadeh, founders of
Law in the Service of Man, a legal aid
and human rights service in the occupied Israeli West Bank; Myles Horton,
Tennessee civil rights activist and
founder of Highlander Folk School, an
education center focusing on race relations; and Charter 77, an organization
to Czechoslovakia that works to secure
civil liberties in opposition to the
Three others chosen for awards were
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