Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award 2018

The HRE Award is presented jointly by the Prague Society and the Global Panel Foundation. The most recent recipients were Zdeněk Tůma, Magda Vášáryová, Tony Fitzjohn and Souad Mekhennet in 2016.
Previous recipients include Andrés Pastrana, Gen. Wesley Clark, Jiří Dienstbier, Madeleine Albright, Václav Havel, Adam Michnik and the 14th Dalai Lama.

The Award was presented to the Santa Marta Group for combating modern slavery and human trafficking globally. In particular it focuses on bringing together the heads of national and international police and law enforcement agencies along with international organisations to look at how they can work with the Catholic Church to help victims. The Santa Marta Group is named after the home of Pope Francis and was initiated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales. It was established in Rome in 2014 when police chiefs and Catholic bishops came together in the presence of Pope Francis.

Special Awards for 2018 include:

Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová receive a Special Award in memoriam for their courageous commitment to Kuciak’s work as an investigative reporter. The couple were murdered in their home in February 2018 in an attempt to silence them. Kuciak, in his work, focused on politically related fraud. At the time of his death he had been working on a story on the influence of the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta,’ on business and politics in Slovakia.