The 2024 NED Democracy Awards

June 13, 2024
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

About the Event

On Thursday, June 13, 2024, the National Endowment for Democracy will host a special evening as we recognize NED partners who have made an exceptional contribution to the cause of freedom and democracy through the impact of their work and celebrate extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated, through personal commitment, their dedication to the advancement of freedom, human rights, and democracy. NED will recognize organizations and individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to freedom and democracy through the impact of their work and feature distinguished political leaders who champion the right of people to freely determine their own destiny.

This year, the NED Democracy Awards will pay tribute to courageous partners from Sudan, Tibet, and Ukraine who are defending the rights of vulnerable children and young people by seeking accountability, documenting repression, and building grassroots movements. The Democracy Service Medals will recognize extraordinary leaders defending democracy around the world. We will also pay tribute to the people of Venezuela.

The 2024 Democracy Awards will recognize achievements in:

  • Seeking Accountability: Forcibly Abducted Ukrainian Children to be awarded to The Regional Center for Human Rights
  • Documenting Repression: Chinese Communist Party Attempts to Erase Tibetan Identity to be awarded to Tibet Action Instutue
  • Building a Movement: Response to Ongoing Crisis in Sudan to be awarded to Waey Organization

The 2024 Democracy Service Medal Honorees are:

  • Vladimir Kara-Murza, Global Opinions Editor, The Washington Post;  Russian opposition leader
  • Sikyong Penpa Tsering, Sikyong (President) of the Central Tibetan Administration 
  • Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of democratic Belarus

2024 Special Tribute:

  • Special Tribute to the People of Venezuela musical performance by Saúl Vera, Bandola & Mandolin Player, Composer and Music Arranger, and Co-Founder and President of Kalos Music & Arts School; and Jorge Glem, Latin Grammy Award-winning and Grammy nominated Cuatro Player, Mandolinist and Music Producer