Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Freedom House, Human Rights First, Just Foreign Policy, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and Reporters Without Borders call for the release of the internationally-known Bahraini photographer Ahmed Humaidan, who is to receive the National Press Club’s John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award “in absentia” in Washington, D.C. this evening. He has been held since December 29, 2012 in Bahrain.

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.

Director of Middle East and North Africa Programs Charles W. Dunne testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Tuesday, July 24 on the state of civil society in Egypt.

"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 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 Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.


In the following letter to Representative David Cicilline, Freedom House shows its support for the Global Respect Act, which denies entry to the U.S. for those who have violated the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) persons.

We call on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. Senate to move forward to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) and to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in this Congress. These tools will give the United States greater clout to urge other countries to take all necessary steps to combat discrimination and violence against women and girls.

Under the Ukraine Media Watch project ("Мережа медіа-спостерігачів" in Ukrainian), Freedom House and IMI monitor freedom of the press and speech with a special focus on the impact of developments on the electoral environment.


As Swaziland’s Chief Justice continues to undermine the judicial process by threatening judges who oppose him with arrest, Freedom House joins key organizations and individuals in calling on King Mswati III to implement substantial reforms in an effort to guarantee freedom of expression and a return to the rule of law.