Martin Butora

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Martin Butora, Slovak Republic

"An advocate of democracy and human rights, Martin Butora, former Ambassador to the United States was a key activist in the Velvet Revolution as a member of the Public Against Violence movement, and later a vocal critic of Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar's authoritarian-style regime (1994-98). During the Meciar era, Butora participated in civic organizations that promoted democracy, condemned economic corruption, increased awareness of income disparity, and protested restrictions on free speech. Ambassador Butora served as then-Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel's advisor for human rights until the 1993 breakup of Czechoslovakia." [1]

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  1. Background on Participants "champions of Freedom", White House, accessed August 24, 2007.
  2. Democracy Service Medal, NED, accessed September 14, 2007.
  3. Transatlantic Steering Group, Foreign Policy Research Institute, accessed June 13, 2008.