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Media Peace Award's Ceremony 1997Human Rights Action Group web developers Richard Davis and Robert Bentz Ashe were awarded this year's premier award in the Internet Division of the New Zealand Media Peace Awards. The accolade was presented for the first time by the New Zealand Foundation for Peace Studies and recognised the site's contribution towards peace and understanding.

On accepting the award, Richard Davis recognised the significant contribution of the Human Rights Action Group in providing a reason to have an electronic profile. "Without the group, we would have nothing to say in the first place."

The Human Rights Action Group has been active in a broad range of peace and human rights initiatives. Growing out of a university chapter of Amnesty International, the group focus has been upon educating students with the aim of promoting activism in their personal and political lives. The group encourages a diversity of reactions to peace and human rights injustices world-wide. Members have initiated letter-writing and fax campaigns, protests, non-violent direct actions, even sophisticated lobbying techniques (see Hr@G history).

The Foundation for Peace Studies presents awards each year to people who have performed outstanding work for peace and non-violence in the media. Ill health prevented Noam Chomsky from presenting the key-note speech at the awards ceremony. In his place, Scott Burchill delivered a thought-provoking address on the role of neo-liberal ideology in shaping the emerging global market-place.

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