The following are recipients of the Democracy Award, which was awarded for the first time at the 1982 IAPC Berlin Conference:
1982 Lech Walesa, Polish Solidarity leader
1983 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat
1984 Raul Alfonsin, President of Argentina
1985 Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany
1986 Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines
1987 Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain
1988 No Medal awarded
1989 Mikhail Gorbachev, President of USSR
1990 Vaclav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia
1991 Boris Yeltsin, President of the Russian Republic
1992 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, 18 years Foreign Minister
1993 F. W. de Klerk, State President, Republic of South Africa And Nelson Mandela, President, African National Congress
1994 Jimmy Carter, Former President of the U.S.
1995 Aung San Suu Kyi, National Leauge for Democracy in Mayarmar
1996 Yitzhak Rabin (posthumous), Prime Minister of Israel
1997 International Foundation for Election Systems
1998 Martin Lee, Chairman, Hong Kong Democratic Party
1999 Milo Djukanovic, President of the Republic of Montenegro
2000 George Mitchell, Former US Senator
2001 Hugo Banzer, President of Bolivia
2002 Morgan Tsvangirai, Chairman, Movement of Democratic Change, Zimbabwe
2003 Joe Napolitan & Michel Bongrand, Founding members of the IAPC
2004 Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Founder National Association in Support of Children’s Rights, Iran
2005 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
2006 Evelyn Dubrow, Director Emeritus IAPC
2007 The People of Indonesia
2008 Datuk Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
2009 Dr. Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iranian Prime Minister
Each year at its annual conference, the International Association of Political Consultants awards its Democracy Medal to an individual or organization who, in the judgment of its membership, has worked courageously to foster, promote and sustain the democratic process anywhere in the world.
A burnished rendering of the Acropolis is etched in relief on the face of the large bronze medal. The back side contains the engraved name of the recipient and the year it was given. Appropriately, the certificate which accompanies the Medal includes this universally recognized definition of democracy.
All IAPC members in good standing can submit a nomination for the Democracy Award
All submissions will be reviewed by the IAPC Board of Directors. Approved nominees will be posted on this page.