17th Annual Roll Call of Nations

On June 14th 2024, representatives from embassies, delegations, and ethnic and human rights organizations will gather together with leaders of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for the 17th annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony & Dissident Human Rights Award presentation at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill.

This year, VOC is proud to present our Dissident Human Rights Award to Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett. Dr. Lantos Swett serves as President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, established in 2008 to continue the legacy of her father, the late Congressman Tom Lantos, who served as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was the only Holocaust survivor ever elected to the US Congress.

Under her leadership, the Lantos Foundation has become a distinguished and respected voice on key human rights concerns ranging from advancing rule of law and freedom of religion and belief globally, to fighting for Internet freedom in closed societies, to combating the persistent and growing threat of antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

Dr. Lantos Swett is the former Chair and Vice Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and teaches Human Rights and American Foreign Policy at Tufts University. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the Budapest based Tom Lantos Institute. Dr. Lantos Swett also serves on the Advisory Board of UN Watch, the annual Anne Frank Award and Lecture, and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. She serves as Co-Chair of the International Religious Freedom Summit, which held its inaugural gathering in 2021.

Dr. Lantos Swett has dedicated her career to advocating for human rights, religious freedom, and democracy worldwide, particularly for those oppressed under communist and totalitarian regimes. It is with great pleasure that we bestow upon Dr. Lantos Swett the prestigious Dissident Human Rights Award in recognition of her exceptional courage and advocacy.

EMBASSY AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria

Embassy of Canada

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

Embassy of the Republic of Estonia

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Embassy of the Republic of Hungary

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Embassy of Romania

Embassy of the Slovak Republic

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia

Embassy of Ukraine

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

The Office of Tibet

Albanian American Council

America for Bulgaria Foundation

American Hungarian Federation

American Latvian Association & World Federation of Free Latvians

Belarusian American Association

Campaign for Uyghurs

Center for a Free Cuba

Center for Liberty and Reunification

ChinaAid Association

Citizens Coalition for the Human Rights of North Korean Refugees

Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

Cuba Decide, Oswaldo Payá, and all Cuban Victims of Communism

Fighters for Free North Korea

Florida International University

Formosan Association for Public Affairs

Free Korea Association (FKA)

Friends of the Imperial City of Hue

Greek Victims of Communism

Hungarian American Coalition

International Campaign for Tibet

Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation USA

Kuen Saem (Send Rice & Info Directly to the NK People Project)

Lao Coalition for Peace and Democracy

North Korea Freedom Coalition & Free North Korea Radio

North Korean Human Rights Alliance in USA

One Korea Network

Sofia Platform

Thang Long Vietnamese Language School, Viet Toon, and Viet American

The Albanian Community, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia in memory of the 38 Blessed Albanian Martyrs, who died during communism because of their faith

The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

The Natasha Foundation

The Women’s Organization “Hope & Peace”

U.S.-Ukraine Foundation

Union of Cuban Former Political Prisoners

United Help Ukraine

United Macedonian Diaspora

Uyghur Human Rights Project

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

World Uyghur Congress