the Ion RAȚIU
Democracy Award and Fellowship

The Ion Rațiu Democracy Award and Fellowship aim to bring international recognition to the ideas and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. Launched in 2005 at Georgetown University, home of the Ion Rațiu Chair of Romanian Studies, and hosted since 2006 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, it encourages and rewards men and women of principle, thinkers as well as activists, struggling to implement democratic values and behaviours in parts of the world where these are either emerging or are under threat. Building on the accomplishments of the Ion Rațiu Democracy Award, the Ion Rațiu Democracy and Fellowship was established in 2017 to support activists or intellectuals around the world, whether they are in exile from repressive regimes or operating within emerging democracies.

AWARDEES

2023

Mykhailo Amrosiev, UKRAINE

2021

Roman Protasevich, Belarus

2019

Suraya Pakzad, Afghanistan

2018

Camelia Bogdan, Romania

2017

Ai Weiwei, China

2016

Manuel Cuesta Morua, Cuba

2015

Jamil Hasanli, Azerbaijan

2014

Mustafa Nayyem, Ukraine

2013

Angéla Kóczé, Hungary

2012

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar

2011

Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain

2010

Oleg Kozlovsky, Russia

2009

Adam Michnik, Poland

2008

Eleonora Cercavschi, Republic of Moldova

2007

Anatoli Mikhailov, Belarus

2006

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Egypt

2005

Sergio Aguayo, Argentina