Initiatives

The Egypt Working Group calls on the Administration to take a clear stance on democracy and human rights in Egypt, and to reconsider the resumption of financial aid to Egypt's government.

In the following letter, Freedom House calls on Vice President Joe Biden to address press freedom concerns in his upcoming meeting with Montenegro's Prime Minister, Milo Đukanović.

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Daniel Calingaert examines the human rights situation in Iran in his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sarah Cook examines China's treatment of foreign journalists at a roundtable held by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

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A coaltion of civil society groups, trade organizations and companies call on Congress in the following letter to reform intelligence surveillance practices.

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Thirty-seven organizations submitted a joint letter to President Barack Obama calling on the US Administration to update the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list with respect to Burma and implement unambiguous criteria for removing and adding persons to the list. This list maintained by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designates individuals and companies barred from having financial ties with the U.S.

We urge the Administration to carefully calibrate its targeted sanctions on select individuals and entities in Burma.

Freedom House led a delegation of civil society leaders and online activists from around the world to Bali, Indonesia for the 8th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the UN's flagship conference for discussing global Internet policy. Following the IGF, 17 organizations and individuals signed on to a joint statement to highlight the concerns they raised throughout the Forum, and to offer recommendations to governments, internet companies, and international organizations on how to better protect internet freedoms. This statement was delivered to the Forum during the Open Mic session on the final day by Bouziane Zaid.

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A coalition of internet companies and free speech advocates calls on leaders in the U.S. Senate and House to support two bills that increase transparency around government surveillance of the internet.

 

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One year after the attacks in Benghazi, we urge Secretary John Kerry to follow up on his commitment and to honor the legacy of Ambassador Stevens by reaffirming and increasing engagement with Libya and bolstering U.S. support for its transition to democracy.

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