About us

About Freedom House

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world.

Today, as more than two billion people live under oppressive rule, Freedom House speaks out against the main threats to democracy and empowers citizens to exercise their fundamental rights.  We analyze the challenges to freedom; advocate for greater political and civil liberties; and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change.  Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

Our Mission

Freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed. Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women.  We support non-violent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and promote the right of all people to be free.

Our Work

Freedom House acts as a catalyst for freedom through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action.  Our research and analysis frames the policy debate in the United States and abroad on the progress and decline of freedom.  Leading experts on democracy have called our flagship publication, Freedom in the World, an “essential source” and “indispensable guide” to democracy’s development.

We advocate for U.S. leadership and collaboration with like-minded governments to vigorously oppose dictators and oppression.  We amplify the voices of those struggling for freedom in repressive societies and counter authoritarian efforts to weaken international scrutiny of their regimes.

We also empower frontline human rights defenders and civic activists to uphold fundamental rights and to advance democratic change.  With Freedom House’s support, these activists expand the boundaries of freedom in repressive societies and hold their governments to account.