Press release

Freedom House Mourns the Passing of Former Trustee Ambassador Azita Raji

It is with profound sadness and respect that we mourn the passing of Ambassador Azita Raji, a steadfast human-rights advocate who broke down barriers as the first Iranian-born American ambassador abroad and the first female U.S. ambassador to Sweden.

“Azita Raji was my dear friend. She cared deeply for the values of democracy and human rights,” said Goli Ameri, vice chair of the Freedom House Board of Trustees. “Azita felt it was the responsibility of those of us who have benefited from these values to want nothing less for people all over the world. She joined Freedom House so she could play a part in making the world a better place and truly gave it her all.”