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Four Freedoms Awards

We must continue to fight for necessary human freedoms. That is why the Four Freedoms Awards are presented every year. Individuals or organizations committed to the Four Freedoms receive the award. Franklin D. Roosevelt named these Four Freedoms in his speech to the United States Congress on January 6, 1941. The presentation of the Four Freedoms Awards is a tradition started by the Franklin and Elanor Roosevelt Institute in New York in 1950. Roosevelt's ancestors came from Oud-Vossemeer in Zeeland. Since 1982, the award ceremony has therefore taken place internationally in collaboration with the Roosevelt Foundation in Zeeland. The Four Freedoms Awards are presented in even years in Middelburg, and in New York in odd years.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Worship

Freedom from Want

Freedom from Fear

Latest news

The latest news about the Four Freedoms. News about the award ceremony, laureates and other topics related to the four freedoms.

His Majesty the King, Her Majesty Queen Máxima and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix present at the the Four Freedoms Awards

14 March 2024

Generations linked in fight for human rights

29 February 2024

Four Freedoms Meet-up 2024

26 February 2024

2024 Laureates

Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards 2024
Mykola Kuleba

Save Ukraine

International Four Freedoms Award
Bellingcat - Eliot Higgins


Freedom of Speech Award
Zumretay Arkin

Zumretay Arkin

Freedom of Worship Award
Sônia Guajajara

Sônia Guajajara

Freedom from Want Award
Grace Forrest

Grace Forrest

Freedom from Fear Award


Freedom lecture with Evgeniy Levchenko

Oude Stadhuis, Middelburg


We believe it is important that the ideas of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are passed on to the generations after us. That is why, with the Roosevelt Foundation, we continue to encourage people to actively work for their freedoms.

To achieve our ambitions and goals, we naturally need resources and organizational strength. We thank all of our partners for their support and commitment to the Roosevelt Foundation.

Would you also like to contribute to the Roosevelt Foundation and the presentation of the Four Freedoms Awards? For more information, please contact Sebastian Groothuis of the Roosevelt Foundation at

A full list of our partners can be found on the About the Roosevelt Foundation page.

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