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Freedom House President David Kramer called for Congressional support for Egyptian civil society in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Letter to Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, February 14, 2011

On behalf of the undersigned human rights organizations, we are writing to express our deep concern over the ongoing harassment and prosecution of civil society organizations in Egypt.

Read the rest of the letter here.

Susan Corke, director for Eurasia programs at Freedom House, testified before the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe about Kazakhstan’s growing instability.

January 17, 2012
Freedom House expressed deep concern about the removal of three members of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission –  Ahmad Nader Nadery, Ahmad Fahim Hakim, and Moulawee Ghulam Mohamad Ghareb—and called for their reinstatement. The removal of these three commissioners raises serious concerns about the Afghan administration’s commitment to human rights and undermines efforts to hold perpetrators of abuses accountable.


Despite promises by Tunisia's new government to uphold free expression, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members, is concerned that not enough is being done to effectively uphold this right in light of recent attacks on journalists and academics.

Letter to SCAF President from Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers, January 11, 2012

We write to express our grave concern about the assault last week by the Egyptian authorities on Egyptian and international civil society groups. These latest actions undermine the already unsteady progress toward democracy in Egypt and raise serious doubts about whether the current military authorities will permit a successful transition from Army rule.

Donors, who provide approximately half of Cambodia’s national budget, should make clear to the Cambodian government that the fourth draft of the Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO) must be revised to protect civil society or be withdrawn, a group of concerned international human rights organizations said today.

Testimony by David J. Kramer, Freedom House president, before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, on December 14, 2011

Testimony by Daniel Calingaert, Freedom House Vice President for Policy and External Relations, before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, on December 8, 2011