Сегодня российские и международные правозащитные организации запускают кампанию “Гори огонь надежды”: в рамках которой они призывают главы государств “Группы двадцати”  в рамках встречи в Санкт-Петербурге 5-6 сентября потребовать от России остановить нарушения прав человека и растущее преследование гражданского общества .


Since Putin’s return to the presidency, the Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society, targeting in particular human rights defenders protecting the rights of minority groups. The ‘Keep Hope Alive’ campaign asks world leaders to speak up during the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg to challenge Russia to reverse this trend and to comply with its international human rights obligations.


Despite the mistakes committed by former president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood over the past year in Egypt, and despite the incitement and violence demonstrated by some Brotherhood supporters yesterday, the killing of hundreds of protesters carried out by the Egyptian military government was unnecessary, unjustified, and in contravention of international human rights standards. These events demand a shift in U.S. policy that is urgent and long overdue.

Twenty-six organizations submitted a detailed letter to President Obama expressing concern over U.S. companies avoiding making full disclosures on their investment activities in the reports submitted as a requirement for investors in Burma. The joint letter requested the U.S. Administration to take the necessary steps to establish a precedent of thorough and high-quality reporting by U.S. companies.

The U.S. government must take steps to establish a precedent of thorough and high-quailty reporting by U.S. companies when it comes to investment in Burma.

In light of recent disturbing developments for human rights in Russia, we urge President Barack Obama to cancel his summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin in September in Moscow and to revise U.S. policy toward Russia to reflect the aggressive, systematic assault on political and civil liberties taking place in Russia. Read our letter to Obama here.


Freedom House has joined a coalition of free speech and privacy advocates, trade associations, and internet companies in demanding greater transparency around national security-related surveillance of internet and telephone communications. In an open letter to US government officials, the "We Need to Know" coalition urges the U.S. government to allow companies to publish statistics on the requests for user data they have received from authorities.


Regional Director for Latin America Programs, Viviana Giacaman, testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission regarding violence against journalists in Honduras.


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In the following letter, we call on President Barack Obama to raise the issue with Vietnam's government about the arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defender and lawyer, Mr. Le Quoc Quan.

In a new report, Investing in Freedom: Democracy Support in the U.S. Budget, Freedom House examines the President’s FY 2014 request for democracy and human rights activities and urges Congress to fully fund the international affairs budget to support the achievement of strategic U.S. foreign policy goals.