Testimony of Executive Director Jennifer Windsor on Foreign Assistance Reform | Freedom House

Testimony of Executive Director Jennifer Windsor on Foreign Assistance Reform

Washington

Freedom House Executive Director Jennifer Windsor testified today before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on reforming human rights and democracy foreign assistance. The hearing takes place as the Obama administration is working on an overhaul of the foreign assistance structure for the first time in almost 50 years.
 
In her testimony, Ms. Windsor should make promotion of human rights and democracy more of a priority, including but not limited to the allocation of resources.
 
“The U.S. needs to do more particularly to assist human rights defenders on the frontlines and take action to counter the erosion of fundamental freedoms of association and expression,” said Ms. Windsor.
 
Windsor also warned that the U.S. government is become overly involved in the design and implementation of democracy and human rights programs, undermining their flexibility and legitimacy. 
 
“Let me state for the record that we oppose the U.S. government signing any agreement that gives authoritarian governments veto power over U.S. support for democracy and human rights,” Windsor continued.  
 
The text of Ms. Windsor’s written testimony is available online.

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