As President Obama prepares to visit Ethiopia next week, Freedom House has prepared policy recommendations for the White House, highlighting Ethiopia’s undermining of civil society, independent media, and the political opposition. 

Decisive U.S. global leadership is still needed both to serve as a beacon for human dignity and freedom and to advance our interests.

As US President Barack Obama prepares to travel to Kenya, Freedom House and 17 other international and Kenyan human rights organizations co-signed a letter to Obama highlighting concerns that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is undermining his country’s constitution and its commitments to international human rights law. 

Freedom House joined Amnesty International, ChinaAid, Human Rights in China, Human Rights Watch, the International Campaign for Tibet, Project 2049, Reporters Without Borders, and the Uighur Human Rights Project, to send a letter calling on the Obama Administration to include human rights in the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) beginning in Washington on June 22.

Freedom House joins other distinguished human rights organizations in calling for the release of Vietnamese political prisoner Tran Huynh Duy Thuc. 

Freedom House implores President Obama to prioritize internal reform and the protection of civil society organizations in upcoming meetings with the Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Testimony by Mark P. Lagon
President, Freedom House

Freedom House Executive Vice President Daniel Calingaert testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcomittee on Africa and Global Health on the importance of the Global Magnitsky Act. 

Freedom House Executive Vice President Daniel Calingaert makes a statment on the Global Magnitsky Act to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.