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1999 Liberty Medal Recipient

"During almost half a century, Kim Dae Jung has been not only a symbol of democratic values in the Republic of Korea, but also a heroic figure in its progress towards democracy. He has won the admiration of his people and of the leaders of all continents."
Liberty Medal International Selection Commission





"I know that there is no such thing as perfect liberty. I know that our mission as humankind lies in the constant endeavor toward the perfection of liberty. The history of the human race is evolving in the direction of greater liberty. The future of mankind belongs to liberty. When we side with liberty, we are with God who implanted the love of liberty in all of us. When we side with liberty, we enhance our own dignity. ..Freedom is like air - difficult to appreciate when you are living in it. I am one of those people who well appreciate's the value of freedom..." ...more

South Korean President Kim Dae-jung
Liberty Medal acceptance speech, July 4, 1999