Ro & SuZ Award

About the history and rules of the Ronald & Suzette Magenta Award

awarded by Magenta 2023

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Read all about Panayote Dimitras, Greek Helsinki Monitor, the winner of Ro & SuZ Award 2023

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Ro & SuZ Magenta Award Presentation

The Ro & SuZ Award derives it’s name from Ronald Eissens (1963-2021) and Suzette Bronkhorst (1958-2021), it’s awarded every year to (an) organization(s) and/or (an) individual(s) that develop()s innovative ways to combat cyber hate or works towards “Bringing the Online In line with Human Rights”.

In 1992 Ronald and Suzette started the Magenta foundation, a Dutch based foundation to combat racism and discrimination, initially by organizing a variety of IRL activities in the Netherlands and from 1995 on also online. In 1997 they founded the Dutch complaints bureau for discrimination on Internet (MDI). It was the first organization of its kind in the world.

As internet doesn’t have borders Magenta created several international activities often under the name I CARE (Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe). Together with their German Partner, Jugendschutz.net, Magenta founded the International Network Against Cyber Hate (INACH) in 2002. INACH has members in 5 continents over 20 countries.

Ronald and Suzette, also known as Ro & SuZ, always tried to take a fresh and non partisan approach to tackle problems on internet. Also showcasing all the positive opportunities the internet has to offer a.o through reporting on March 21, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination activities in several countries, in the early days of internet offering web space to organizations that didn’t or couldn’t have their own and with partners organize online conferences. All this way before social media existed, those only started from 2004 on. With the Ronald and Suzette award they hope to encourage and highlight new initiatives to make internet a better place.


The Ro & SuZ Award consists of a certificate and 5.000,- euro prize.


Each year on the 26th of January, the jury puts out a call for nominations of people or organizations that are committed to Bringing the Online In Line with Human Rights.


Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter in which the nominator explains why the work of the person and/ or organization stands out and is innovative in contributing to Bringing the Online In Line with Human Rights. Jury members can also submit candidates. Persons or organizations cannot nominate themselves for the award. The deadline for submissions is July 1.


  • After the deadline for submissions, the Magenta Foundation will shortlist a maximum of 3 final candidates. The nominees will be announced on August 31.
  • In a second round the full jury will appoint the winner by unanimous vote. The decision is final and without appeal.

Awarding ceremony

The winner of the Ro & SuZ Award will be announced and awarded during the INACH Conference in fall each year.

Criteria for nominations

  • Project has to be truly innovative;
  • Smaller initiatives where the money can make a difference;
  • Preference for projects that stand up for invisible groups.
We hope that recipients will get more possibilities to bring their solutions and ideas into the limelight.


The jury consists of five seats

  • Three permanent seats appointed by the Magenta Foundation;
  • One seat for a member of the INACH board
  • From 2022 onwards one alternating seat for the previous winner of the Ronald and Suzette Award.


  • Chair of the jury is the Chair of the Magenta Foundation;
  • A jury member is somebody from INACH (from 2022: Jonathan Vick);
  • Winner of the previous year is jury member (if the winner can’t fulfill this, the sitting jury member is asked to stay on another year: otherwise the sitting jury members ask another relevant personality);
  • As much as possible regional spread of jury members
  • Knowledgeable about Cyber hate

Downloads, information

This document can be downloaded as PDF, Ro&SuZ Award presentation.

The covenant signed last year (2023) by the Magenta Foundation and the INACH Foundation, covering the Ro & Suz Magenta Award, can be downloaded as PDF, signed Agreement, please note that the signatures have been mosaic filtered for safety-reasons.

Laureate 2021

Jean-Hubert Bondo

The very first Ro & SuZ Award is awarded to Jean-Hubert Bondo and his DRC (Congo-Kinshasa) organization Africa Sans Haine (Africa Without Hate), on November 5, 2021.

Heartfelt congratulations to you, Jean-Hubert!

Read the full Speech, Ro & SuZ Award 2021

Laureate 2022

Alexander Verkhovsky

The second Ro & SuZ Award is awarded to Alexander Verkhovsky and his Center for Information and Analysis SOVA, on November 4, 2022.

Our sincere congratulations to you, Alexander!

Read the full Speech, Ro & SuZ Award 2022

Laureate 2023

Panayote Dimitras

The third Ro & SuZ Award is awarded to Panayote Dimitras, and his Greek Helsinki Monitor , on October 5, 2023.

Our sincere congratulations to you, Panayote!

Read the full Speech, Ro & SuZ Award 2023

The making of... the Ro and SuZ Award portrait

In the last weeks of her life, Suzette often talked about the Award. It had been her idea, to initiate the Award in Ronald's name, soon after Ronald's passing. Suzette would have loved to present the Award herself. When Suzette got bad news about her own health, we asked her if the Award could become the Ro and SuZ Award. She finally agreed. In the weeks before Suzette passed away, she asked Jolie to create a cartoon-like portait of her and Ronald: a portrait that had to be on the Ro & SuZ Award.

It had to be something like the Drinking coffee through a straw-cartoon .... [read more]

Suzette en Ronald
This website...

...is dedicated to Suzette Bronkhorst and Ronald Eissens, and their relentless, uncompromising battle against racism, discrimination, fascism, extremism and cyber hate. We will preserve their legacy and continue to give our best for a better world, a world of peace, hope and respect for all.

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