Laureates since 1982
H.M. THE KING OF SPAIN
International Four Freedoms Award
Born in Rome in 1938. In 1975, after general Franco had died, H.M. Juan Carlos ascended the throne to secure and defend democracy in Spain. For his leadership in the creation of modern Europe and his heroical intervention on behalf of democracy at a crucial moment in Spain. His resolution to overcome ancient struggles in his country inspires free people everywhere.
Freedom of Speech and Expression Award
Born 1937 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He started his career as teacher and civic organizer. In 1970 he founded the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), which supports reunification of Ireland with non-violent means. For his integrity and leading role in advancing the peace process in Northern Ireland and mediating between the quarreling factions.
THE RT. REV. LORD RUNCIE
Freedom of Worship Award
Born in 1921 in Liverpool. He served in World War II, studied theology in Cambridge, and was ordained a priest in the Anglican church, which appointed him Archbishop of Canterbury in 1980. He served in that capacity until 1991 and did not hesitate to condemn situations of political and social injustice. For his efforts to seek reconciliation in times of war and peace, his support for people suffering because of their religious beliefs, and his ecumenical vision.
ARTSEN ZONDER GRENZEN
Freedom from Want Award
Since the founding of this politically neutral organization in 1971 it has defended the right to humanitarian aid in areas crushed by natural disasters, war, or refugees. For the aid provided by these international teams of volunteer doctors to millions of people, especially in Ruanda and Bosnia, gained them worldwide respect. For its courageous and compassionate work of its medical volunteers who at great personal sacrifice upheld humanity's conscience and provided emergency aid in often dangerous situations.
Freedom from Fear Award
Born in 1923 in Wolozyn (then in Poland, now White Russia). He emigrated to Palestine in 1934, made a career in the labor movement and in politics. He served in various cabinet positions and became Prime Minister in 1984 and after Premier Rabin's death in 1995. For bringing the prospect of peace to the Middle East through his determination to mobilize his people for peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians and to disarm the enemies who surround his country.