German human rights award goes to Filipina nun

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Sr. Stella Matutina (Credit: City of Weimar website)

MANILA, August 7, 2015— A Filipina Benedictine nun was awarded the German city of Weimar’s Human Rights Prize this year for her work helping the poor in Mindanao.

Sister Stella Matutina is known for her campaigns to protect farmers, fisher folk, and indigenous peoples against mining.

The 47-year old nun is currently the secretary-general of Panalipdan Mindanao, a Davao-based environmental campaign and education center dealing with threats to the environment and the people in the region.

In a statement, the city council of Weimar said human rights violations against IPs in Mindanao, caused by military forces, has increased dramatically over the past two years with over a hundred people killed.

“The Catholic nun engages herself extraordinarily for the rights of the native population, despite being exposed to permanent threats to her safety due to her engagement,” it said.

Matutina will receive the award, which is supported by aid organization Missio, during a ceremony in Weimar  on Dec. 10, coinciding with International Human Rights Day.

She will also receive 2,500 euros, or roughly, Php 125,000. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews) 

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