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HRE Citizenship Award

Honoring High Achievement in Public Service to Central and Eastern Europe

Every year the Prague Society presents the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award. The award honors dedication to and achievment in public service, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. Traditionally the recipient of the award donates the award's financial prize to a young person of his or her choice.

The HRE Award is presented in partnership with the Global Panel Foundation. It has been awarded annually since 2000 - with the only exception of 2012 when no recipient was named. Last year the HRE award cerememony was held at the Parliament in Bratislava and it was given to three outstanding figures of the past decades: Andrés Pastrana, Gen. Wesley Clark and Jiří Dienstbier. Previous recipients include Madeleine Albright, Vaclav Havel, Adam Michnik and the 14th Dalai Lama.

Lifelong Commitment to Public Service

The Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award honors a woman who grew up in post-war Germany. The years spent in a divided Europe instilled in her a firm belief in positive action. Her commitment to ideals of public service and the common good helped to break down the barriers which divide people from people in their shared destiny.

XIV. H.R.E. Award

Souad Mekhennet, Tony Fitzjohn, Zdeněk Tuma and Magda Vášáryová

Prague, April 5 2017 – Ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Adriana Krnáčova at the Mayor’s Residence

Recipient

Souad Mekhennet

Souad Mekhennet, who could not accept her prize in person because she recently received death threats connect to her work on Islamic extremism, is a Moroccan journalist which has worked for Washington Post & ARD

Marc S. Ellenbogen; Jonathan Wilkinson; Tony Fitzjohn

Recipient

Tony Fitzjohn

Tony Fitzjohn is a renowned conservationist with activities in Kenya and Tanzania.

Marc S. Ellenbogen; Zdeněk Tuma; Adriana Krnáčova

Recipient

Zdeněk Tuma

Zdeněk Tuma is the former Governor of the Central Bank of the Czech Republic

Princess Elizabeth Lobkowicz; Magda Vášáryova; Adriana Krnáčova

Recipient

Magda Vášáryova

Magda Vášáryova first female Presidential Candidate in Slovakia, the ambassador of Czechoslovakia in Austria (1990–1993) and ambassador of Slovakia in Poland (2000–2005) and Czech and Slovak Screen Doyenne.

XII. H.R.E Award

Iva Drápalová and Věra Čáslavská

Bratislava, March 12-14 2013 – Ceremony under the patronage of the Right Honorable Pavol Paška, President of the Parliament of Slovakia, at the Parliament of Slovakia

Marc Ellenbogen, Iva Drápalová

Recipient

Iva Drápalová

Iva Drápalová refused to cooperate with the StB even after she was threatened. In 1968 she started working for AP’s bureau in Prague when, following the crushing of the Prague Spring, nobody else wanted the job. Initially she only agreed to help out as a translator for one week. Two years later she had become AP’s Prague correspondent. After she retired in 1988 she was a translator at Velvet Revolution press conferences and later she worked as a consultant for the L.A. Times.

Štěpán Ripka, Marc Ellenbogen

Secondary Recipient

Štěpán Ripka

Iva Drápalová chose Štěpán Ripka as the recipient of the monetary part of her award. Štěpán Ripka is a social researcher and policy analyst who studies Roma communities, advises the Open Society Institute and the Czech Government he also chairs the Platform for Social Housing and pursues a PhD in social anthropology at Charles University in Prague.

Věra Čáslavská

Recipient

Věra Čáslavská

Věra Čáslavská won seven Olympic gold medals before she was forced into retirement and denied the right to travel, work and attend sporting events following her protest against the Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. A signatory of the ‘2000 Words’ manifesto, Čáslavská was known for her outspoken support of the Czechoslovak democratization movement. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City she quietly looked down and away while the Soviet national anthem was played during medal ceremonies. Her subtle but highly public and widely understood protest resulted in her becoming a persona non grata in the new regime.

XI. H.R.E Award

Andrés PastranaWesley Clark and Jiří Dienstbier

Prague, December 9 2014 – Ceremony hosted by Grace and John Wilkinson

Andres Pastrana

Recipient

Andres Pastrana

Andrés Pastrana was President of Colombia from 1998-2002. As a lawyer and journalist, Pastrana had been dedicated to fighting corruption and the Colombian drug trade that lies at the root of his country’s civil conflict since he was a student. As President he was determined to solve the armed conflict – through negotiation rather than force. While Colombia has not found peace to this day, its army found itself in a much better position to face the major guerrilla organizations after Pastrana’s term. During his administration Colombia regained the support of the international community that previously had turned its back on it and the country gained economic support and military aid. At the same time he left Colombia’s guerrilla organizations politically undermined as an overwhelming majority of Columbians today regard them as terrorists rather than freedom fighters or rebels with a legitimate politcal agenda.

Gen. Wesley Clark

Gen. Wesley Clark

Recipient

Gen. Wesley Clark

Gen. Wesley Clark served the United States with honor for 34 years. He was the Supreme Allied Commander of Nato (SACEUR). Almost immediately after becoming SACEUR Clark started pushing for NATO membership for Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. He became the first NATO commander to visit Prague after the fall of Communism. His legacy in the region is marked by these efforts and Kosovo. Clark was a US presidential candidate in 2004.

Jiří Dienstbier

Jiří Dienstbier

Recipient

Jiří Dienstbier

As one of Czechoslovakia’s most respected foreign correspondents, Jiří Dienstbier lost his job after the end of Prague Spring and had menial jobs for the following two decades. During this time he became a signatory of Charta 77, helped to restart Lidové Noviny, one of the country’s major newspapers. Later he reemerged with the Velvet Revolution, becoming the first Foreign Minister of post-Communist Czechoslovakia in 1989.

Dienstbier became a hero to millions when, together with then German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Austrian Foreign Minister Alois Mock, he cut the “iron curtain.” The images spread across the world. As a politician he played a pre-eminent role in shaping post-Communist foreign policy in a democratic Czechoslovakia between 1989 and 1993 and from Central Europe to Asia to the Middle East.

When the Czech Republic and Slovakia separated as states, he played a leading role as a commentator and thoughtful rebel. Finally he entered politics again in the 21st century as a Senator and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Jiří Dienstbier – rozhlasový zpravodaj.

Jiří Dienstbier – rozhlasový zpravodaj.

Secondary Recipient

Jiří Dienstbier – rozhlasový zpravodaj.

The financial part of Jiří Dienstbier’s award was donated to fund the design and publishing of a new book, „Jiří Dienstbier – rozhlasový zpravodaj.“

X. H.R.E Award

Adam Michnik

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

XI. H.R.E Award

IX. The 14th Dalai Lama

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

VIII. H.R.E Award

Desmond Mullan (in memoriam)

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

VII. H.R.E Award

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

VI. H.R.E Award

King Michael of Romania

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

King Michael of Romania

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

V. H.R.E Award

Miloš Forman

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

IV. H.R.E Award

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

III. H.R.E Award

Václav Havel

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

II. H.R.E Award

Madeleine Albright

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

I. H.R.E Award

Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Conducting Corp of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Recipient

Alaksandar Milinkievič

Alaksandar Milinkievič became involved in the local politics of his home city, Hrodna, in the 1980s. Four years in Algiers setting up the Faculty of Physics at Sétif University, had given him a wider experience of the world than his contemporaries. After the fall of the Soviet Union he entered national politics, becoming Chief of Staff to one of the opposition leaders. In 2005 he was chosen by the United Democratic Forces of Belarus as joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential elections of 2006, to stand against the totalitarian Alexander Lukashenko. He was held by the police before and after the elections on false Charles of drunken driving, forgery, drug trafficking and leaving Belarus illegally.

Pavel Sieviarynets

Secondary Recipient

Pavel Sieviarynets

The financial part of the award went to Pavel Sieviarynets, a prominent young Belarusain youth organizer and political leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Sieviarynets is the founder of the Young Front, the most persecuted political organisation in Belarus. He is also a talented publicist, author of a number of books and articles in which he presents his ideas and values, calling Belarusians to a national awakening and protest against autocratic rule.

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