The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit gives the U.S. government and African allies an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen its commitment to promoting democratic governance and human rights in Africa.

 

The best way for the U.S. to support democracy in Turkey is by integrating democracy and human rights into the bilateral policy relationship, just as security and trade have been integrated," stated Freedom House's Nate Schenken in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on...

LGBTI people have become victims of an ongoing crisis within global institutions regarding the intersection of universal human rights and cultural or “traditional” values.

This year’s event honors Kenyan activist Maina Kiai and Congressman Frank Wolf with keynote remarks provided by former Russian political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, his first address in the United States since his December 2013 release.

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
The Future of Turkish Democracy
LGBTI People Caught in UN Clash between Universal Rights and ‘Traditional’ Values
Freedom House Annual Awards Dinner
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News & Updates

After warning for many weeks of consequences if President Putin did not deescalate, the West is now following through in a serious way on its warnings.

Regions: 

Freedom House joins a coalition of civil society groups in calling on congress to strengthen Section 7008 of the Senate Appropriations Bill that would demand the suspension of aid in the event of a coup d'etat against a democratically elected government.

The chances for Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu to have a fair trial were compromised from the beginning since the court did not follow due process of law and the presiding judges had clear conflicts of interest.

Iran's detention of four journalists is another troubling sign of the Iranian government’s utter disregard for freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

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Alyssa Rickard
July 30, 2014


The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa’s incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent. 

"Egyptian NGOs committed to democracy could play a major role in steering the government to liberal political change, and drawing the attention of the world to its successes and shortcoming. But the government of Egypt has moved swiftly to forestall this possibility," said Charles Dunne, director for Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House, in his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.                                                               

The first African Leaders Summit in Washington will bring together U.S. policymakers and over 50 African heads of state.