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Defender of Democracy Awards

Since 1996, PGA has held the Defender of Democracy Awards in conjunction with its Annual Parliamentary Forum. The Defender of Democracy Award is presented to individuals who, through their own commitment and active engagement, have made significant progress in strengthening democracy and democratic practices.

This year's Recipients of PGA's Defender of Democracy Awards:

2013

Previous Recipients of PGA's Defender of Democracy Awards:

2012

Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell


Executive Director of NETWORK

Ms. Khady Koita

Ms. Khady Koita

President of La PALABRE

2011

Ernest Bai Koroma

H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone)

In 2011, PGA honoured the President of Sierra Leone for his fight against corruption and the implementation of policies to promote peace, democracy and transparency in his country.

2010

Prof. Dr. Feride Acar

Prof. Dr. Feride Acar (Turkey)

Professor, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and Member (-elect) of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Ms. Belgica Mirabal (Dominican Republic)

Ms. Belgica Mirabal (Dominican Republic)

Chairwoman of the Hermanas Mirabal Foundation

2009

Kailash Satyarthi

Mr. Kailash Satyarthi (India)

Founder/Chair of the Global March Against Child Labour

Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan

Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan (Pakistan)

Barrister-at-Law, Senior Advocate Supreme Court

2008

H.E. Mr. Leonel Antonio Fernandez Reyna (Dominican Republic)
President of the (Dominican Republic)

Rt. Hon. Don McKinnon
Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

2007

H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia)
President of Liberia

Senator Ken Nnamani (Nigeria)
Former Senate President of Nigeria

2006

Dr. Nafis Sadik (Pakistan)
Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific

Mrs. Yukika Sohma (Japan)
Humanitarian and Human Rights Activist

2005

Mrs. Mary Robinson (Ireland)
President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2005), Former President of Ireland, Former United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights

2004

Rt. Hon. Helen Clark (New Zealand)
Prime Minister

2003

H.E. Mr. George Papandreou (Greece)
Foreign Minister

Dr. Chee Soon Juan (Singapore)
Secretary-General, Singapore Democratic Party

2002

H.E. Mr. Philippe Kirsch (Canada)
Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Sweden

Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan

2001

Mr. Dipak Patel (Zambia)
MP, Former PGA member

H.E. Kim Dae-jung (Republic of Korea)
President

2000

Sra. Estela Barnes de Carlotto (Argentina)
On behalf of Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo

H.E. Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon (Mexico)
President

1999

Mr. John Hume, MEP
(Northern Ireland)

Dr. Hanan Mikhail-Ashrawi
Founder of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy

1998

Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni
Director, International Criminal Justice & Weapons Control Center, DePaul University

Ms. Charity Kaluki Ngilu, MP (Kenya)
On behalf of the Multi-Party Group in Kenya

The Late Hon. Bella S. Abzug
Co-founder and President, Women's Environment and Development Organization - Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award

1997

H.E. Arthur N.R. Robinson (Trinidad and Tobago)
President, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

H.E. Jan P. Pronk (The Netherlands)
Minister of Development Cooperation

1996

The Hon. Kristina Svensson (Sweden)
Swedish Ambassador to Zambia/Malawi

The Hon. Leonce Ngendakumana, MP (Burundi)
President, National Assembly

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