IRI To Hold the Annual John S. McCain Freedom Award Ceremony

Washington D.C. – On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the International Republican Institute (IRI) will present the John S. McCain Freedom Award to the people of Belarus, Burma, Cuba and Lithuania, and the heroes of COVID. 

The Freedom Award was established in 1995 to honor individuals who have worked to advance freedom and democracy around the world and is IRI’s highest form of recognition.

Media are requested to RSVP by October 17, at 5:00PM. Please contact Austin Akers at for further details.

What:   2021 IRI John S. McCain Freedom Award Ceremony

When:  Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5:30PM
              Media registration: 5:00PM

Where: United States Navy Memorial Visitors Center
               701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 
               Washington, DC 20004 

Who:    IRI Chairman, Senator Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska 
              Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky
              Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
              Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina 
              Senator Rick Scott, R-Florida
              Dr. Daniel Twining, President, International Republican Institute 
              Dr. Donjet Bislimi, EDYN Leadership Council Member
              Willy Chirino, Grammy Award Winning Cuban Artist
              Tatsiana Khomich, Coordination Council Representative for Belarusian Political Prisoners
              Zygimantas Pavilionis, Member of Parliament, Lithuania
              Ingrida Šimonytė, Prime Minister, Lithuania
              U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Burma to the United Nations

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