Freedom House welcomes the legislation introduced today by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John McCain (R-AZ) to prevent human rights abusers from entering into the United States and accessing U.S. financial institutions. The Global Human Rights Accountability Act, S. 1933, is modeled on last year’s Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. Senators Cardin and McCain received Freedom House’s Leadership Award in 2013 for their work to pass the Magnitsky Act.
Freedom House is dismayed that Congress proposes to reinstate funding to Egypt’s military-led government in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill introduced January 13. This legislation overrides provisions that restrict funding to countries where democratically elected governments are overthrown in military coups. Such a coup took place in Egypt in July 2013, when the military ousted the country’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi.
Around the world, millions of people carried on the struggle for freedom and human rights in 2013. There were gains, to be sure, but unfortunately many more setbacks. Here are some of the best and worst developments in human rights over the past year.
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.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.