Lantos Human Rights Prize
In an effort to draw attention to human rights violations across the globe and to alert the media and governments to the importance of making human rights a priority on equal footing with other policy decisions, the Lantos Human Rights Prize is awarded annually to raise awareness about human rights violations and the individuals committed to fighting them throughout the world.
Recipient for 2013
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in DC, December 6th, 2013. (read more)
Recipient for 2012
The 2012 Lantos Human Rights Prize awarded to Chen Guangcheng in DC, January 29th, 2013.
". . .I do know that if each of us will try to follow Chen Guangcheng’s powerful example of helping the people around us, and live lives of decency, dignity, and justice, we will indeed be well on our way to putting the puzzle of a better world together." - Excerpt from Katrina Lantos Swett's speech. (read more)
Recipient for 2011
We are so proud to award this year’s Lantos Prize to Paul Rusesabagina.
I was raised on the idea that we are all our brothers keepers', and Paul is the living embodiment of that idea. My father, Congressman Tom Lantos, survived the Holocaust in one of Raoul Wallenberg’s safehouses and understood all too well that the actions of one man can change the arc of one’s life story. Nearly 50 years later, Paul Rusesabagina’s heroic efforts to shelter those in harm’s way changed the life stories of more than 1,200 Rwandans. We look forward to honoring his historic humanitarian actions.” - Katrina Lantos Swett (read more)
Recipient for 2010
Professor Elie Wiesel
In addition to Professor Wiesel’s keynote address, guests heard from New Mexico Governor and former United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson and Pavel Khodorkovskiy, son of jailed Russian dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The program also included a performance of lullabies composed by musicians held captive in the Terezin concentration camp. (read more)
Recipient for 2009
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The 2009 ceremony at the Congressional Auditorium in the United States Capital Visitors Center brought together an overflowing audience of government leaders, foreign dignitaries, and human rights activists and idealists. Speakers included Senator John McCain, Congressman Howard Berman, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (read more)
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