Dutch Royals Attend The Four Freedom Awards 2016

  April 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm by

Today, Thursday April 21, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, along with Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix attended at the presentation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedom Awards 2016 at the Nieuwe Kerk in Middelburg.

The laureates for this year’s Awards were: for Freedom of speech Mazen Darwish from Syria, for Freedom of worship three clerics from the Central African Republic, for Freedom from want Dr. Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo and for Freedom from fear Human Rights Watch.

The International Four Freedom Awards went to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel that received the prize from Elliott Roosevelt Jr., grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was present as well. The German Chancellor was awarded for her important role played in the financial crisis in the European Union and for her commitment to resolve the conflict in Ukraine diplomatically.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedom Awards is an annual award presented to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated committment for the Four Freedoms which Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed in his historic speech to the US Congress on January 6, 1941: Freedom of speech and expression, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, Freedom from fear.

The Four Freedom Awards is an initiative of the Franklin and Elanor Roosevelt Institute and it was established in New York in 1950.

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