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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.

Previous Recipients of PGA's Defender of Democracy Awards:



Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell

Executive Director of NETWORK

Ms. Khady Koita

Ms. Khady Koita

President of La PALABRE


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.


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


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


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

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


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

Senator Ken Nnamani (Nigeria)
Former Senate President of Nigeria


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


Mr. John Hume, MEP
(Northern Ireland)

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


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


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


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

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

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