Freedom House Expert Nate Schkennkan presented the following testimony to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on November 15, 2017, detailing concerns about the rule of law in Turkey in the continued state of emergency in the aftermath of the 2016 coup attempt.
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Freedom House Executive Vice President Daniel Calingaert testified before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on the subject of democracy and human rights abuses in Russia.
Freedom House analysis shows that the ability of civil society institutions to function without state restrictions has suffered a pronounced decline over this period. It is in particular the organizations that pursue politically sensitive objectives—human rights advocacy, democratic reform, or anticorruption measures—that are under threat.
Respect for political and civil rights has declined for 10 straight years, as Freedom House has documented. This decline has occurred most sharply in the areas of free expression, rule of law, and freedom of association.
The United States’ foreign assistance will not effectively empower recipients’ self-governance and self-sufficiency if our security and economic strategies disregard the importance of human rights and democracy.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has proven it can add value to the lives of those whose dignity is under threat — but it needs greater solidarity of the democracies across regions and across the North-South divide.
Freedom House President Mark P. Lagon testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on Evaluating the Trafficking in Persons Report.