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.
We call on Belarus’ leaders and citizens to take decisive steps towards making Belarus an open and democratic country, where fair play is not only a motto, but the way of living – during and beyond the timeframe of the Ice Hockey World Championship.
Freedom House and a broad coalition of African and international NGOs urges President Obama to give civil society a prominent role in in the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit to be held August 5-6 in Washington, D.C.. The summit is an opportunity for the United States to engage African leaders on the development of strong democratic institutions and respect for the rights of citizens.