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Twenty-six organizations submitted a detailed letter to President Obama expressing concern over U.S. companies avoiding making full disclosures on their investment activities in the reports submitted as a requirement for investors in Burma. The joint letter requested the U.S. Administration to take the necessary steps to establish a precedent of thorough and high-quality reporting by U.S. companies.

The U.S. government must take steps to establish a precedent of thorough and high-quailty reporting by U.S. companies when it comes to investment in Burma.

In light of recent disturbing developments for human rights in Russia, we urge President Barack Obama to cancel his summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin in September in Moscow and to revise U.S. policy toward Russia to reflect the aggressive, systematic assault on political and civil liberties taking place in Russia. Read our letter to Obama here.

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Freedom House has joined a coalition of free speech and privacy advocates, trade associations, and internet companies in demanding greater transparency around national security-related surveillance of internet and telephone communications. In an open letter to US government officials, the "We Need to Know" coalition urges the U.S. government to allow companies to publish statistics on the requests for user data they have received from authorities.

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Regional Director for Latin America Programs, Viviana Giacaman, testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission regarding violence against journalists in Honduras.

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In the following letter, we call on President Barack Obama to raise the issue with Vietnam's government about the arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defender and lawyer, Mr. Le Quoc Quan.

In a new report, Investing in Freedom: Democracy Support in the U.S. Budget, Freedom House examines the President’s FY 2014 request for democracy and human rights activities and urges Congress to fully fund the international affairs budget to support the achievement of strategic U.S. foreign policy goals.

As Cambodia prepares to hold elections for its National Assembly on July 28, 2013, and following the return to the country of opposition leader Sam Rainsy on July 19, Freedom House joins key international human rights groups in calling on Cambodia’s government to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.

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Photo Credit: Ammar Abdulrasool

Civil society is increasingly coming under assault around the world, as authoritarian governments grow more bold and sophisticated in stifling independent groups that monitor elections, expose corruption, or otherwise give citizens a voice in how they are governed. 


JLo's appearance in Turkmenistan not only legitimizes a corrupt and authoritarian regime, but damages her image as an artist who cares about human rights. Freedom House joins key rights groups in urging JLo to donate any fees received from playing the concert to charities working to improve the human rights' situation in the country. Click here to read our letter to JLo.

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