- They have been awarded for their collaboration in the strengthening of democracy, the political parties and the civil society in over 130 countries.
- G. Sartori, M. Thatcher, King Juan Carlos, E. Krauze and M. Vargas Llosa, former awardees.
José María Aznar will award the FAES Freedom Prize to the International Republican Institute, IRI, chaired by the senator John McCain, and to the National Democratic Institute, NDI, chaired by the former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The award ceremony will be held in the Capitol at 10:30 am. Upon proposal from Mr. Aznar, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation decided to recognize both Institutions for their collaboration in the strengthening of democracy, the political parties and the civil society in over 130 countries.
The FAES Freedom Prize acknowledges the labor of prominent personalities and institutions in the defense and promotion of democracy and freedom. Giovanni Sartori, Margaret Thatcher, King Juan Carlos I, Shimon Peres, Enrique Krauze and Mario Vargas Llosa were previously awarded the prize, instituted in 2009 coinciding with the XX anniversary of the Foundation.
Promoted during Reagan’s term in office
Both IRI, headed by Mark Green, and NDI, headed by Kenneth Wollack, are a global referent in defense of democracy. Under the mandate of McCain and Albright, both organizations have worked in favor of the strengthening of democracy, the political parties and the civil society; they have supported dissidents, democracy activists, human right defenders and political prisoners, and they have provided technical assistance for the reform and modernization of the administrations.
The International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute were born in 1983 fostered by former president Ronald Reagan, interested in creating government agencies which promoted democracy, development cooperation, free enterprise and defense of worker’s rights all over the world. The first of these, the National Endowment for Democracy, requested the republican and democratic parties to promote institutes in their respective fields, but without any links with the parties. As a result IRI and NDI were born, following a joint initiative in the United States Congress led by the Democratic Congressman Dante Fascell.
Relation with FAES
FAES maintains a close relation with both institutions since 2000, with which it has worked on various actions in support of dissidents and political prisoners in Cuba. Moreover, participants proposed by IRI and NDI and several members of their management teams have took part in the Leadership Training Programmes, the FAES Campus and activities organized in Latin America.