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Freedom House Mourns the Passing of Ambassador Rich Williamson
Freedom House is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Ambassador Rich Williamson, a member of the Freedom House Board since 2008. Ambassador Williamson passed away suddenly yesterday, December 8, in Chicago. He was 64.
Ambassador Williamson devoted his career to the promotion of democracy and the resolution of conflict, having served as the Special Envoy to Sudan under George W. Bush as well as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. A respected diplomat and academic known for his seasoned and insightful understanding of international affairs, he served in several foreign policy positions under Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He also served as foreign policy advisor to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. He was a Visiting Scholar at Seton Hall’s Whitehead School of Diplomacy and a Visiting Professor of International Studies at Northwestern University in Illinois. He also co-chaired with Madeline Albright the “Right to Protect” project for the Holocaust Museum and served for many years as vice-chair of the International Republican Institute. Ambassador Williamson was a very good friend of Freedom House and will be deeply missed.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.