"Egyptian NGOs committed to democracy could play a major role in steering the government to liberal political change, and drawing the attention of the world to its successes and shortcoming. But the government of Egypt has moved swiftly to forestall this possibility," said Charles Dunne, director for Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House, in his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.
The best way for the U.S. to support democracy in Turkey is by integrating democracy and human rights into the bilateral policy relationship, just as security and trade have been integrated," stated Freedom House's Nate Schenken in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.
In the following letter to Representative David Cicilline, Freedom House shows its support for the Global Respect Act, which denies entry to the U.S. for those who have violated the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) persons.
We call on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. Senate to move forward to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) and to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in this Congress. These tools will give the United States greater clout to urge other countries to take all necessary steps to combat discrimination and violence against women and girls.
As Swaziland’s Chief Justice continues to undermine the judicial process by threatening judges who oppose him with arrest, Freedom House joins key organizations and individuals in calling on King Mswati III to implement substantial reforms in an effort to guarantee freedom of expression and a return to the rule of law.
With Egypt in turmoil and a leadership in Cairo unwilling to change direction, the responsible course of action for the United States is to reshape its side of the bilateral relationship to better meet U.S. security interests as well as the needs of the Egyptian people.
We call upon the IIHF to recognize that this championship is in fact taking place in an environment of harassment, abuse, and violence, where—more than in any other country in Europe—the leadership unfairly wields power and authority over others.