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Freedom Award Honorees

Established in 1995, the Freedom Award honors individuals who have worked to advance freedom and democracy.  The contribution of these individuals has given hope to millions and has helped improve the lives of people around the globe.

2017
Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White), peaceful civic movement fighting for Cuba’s political prisoners
Senator John McCain

2015
John A. Boehner, 53rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Boris Nemtsov, Russian democracy leader (awarded posthumously)

2014
George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States of America
Ukraine’s Maidan Movement

2011
James A. Baker III, former U.S. Secretary of State
Lawrence Eagleburger, former U.S. Secretary of State (awarded posthumously)

2010
George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State

2009
Henry A. Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State

2007
Elías Antonio Saca González, President of El Salvador

2006
Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States of America
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia

2005
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America
Pope John Paul II (awarded posthumously)

2004
Condoleezza Rice, U.S. National Security Advisor
Sergio Vieira de Mello, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (awarded posthumously)

2003
Bill Frist, M.D., U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Hamid Karzai, President of the Transitional State of Afghanistan

2001
Richard B. Cheney, 46th Vice President of the United States of America
The Honorable Lynne Cheney

1999
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and Burmese democracy leader
Natan Sharansky, human rights activist and former Minister of the Interior of Israel

1998
Robert J. Dole, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

1997
Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America

1996
General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1995
Alfredo F. Cristiani, former President of El Salvador
Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, advocate for peace in Nicaragua