The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit gives the U.S. government and African allies an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen its commitment to promoting democratic governance and human rights in 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...

LGBTI people have become victims of an ongoing crisis within global institutions regarding the intersection of universal human rights and cultural or “traditional” values.

This year’s event honors Kenyan activist Maina Kiai and Congressman Frank Wolf with keynote remarks provided by former Russian political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, his first address in the United States since his December 2013 release.

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The Future of Turkish Democracy
LGBTI People Caught in UN Clash between Universal Rights and ‘Traditional’ Values
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Freedom House’s Director of Middle East and North Africa programs Charles Dunne testified before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on July 24 about the endangered status of human rights and civil society in Egypt and highlighted key points in this Q&A.

The first African Leaders Summit in Washington will bring together U.S. policymakers and over 50 African heads of state.

By claiming five prominent NGOs are ‘foreign agents,’ Russian authorities are deliberately and ruthlessly attacking civil society organizations that protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of Russian citizens.

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Vladimir Putin came to power in large part due to his willingness to use brutal, indiscriminate force against Chechen “terrorists.” Now Putin appears to have the blood of 298 passengers and crew from Malaysia Air Flight 17 on his hands. Read David Kramer's American Interest op-ed.

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A bill that could help the United States combat gender-based violence around the world has languished in Congress for more than five years.

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The terrorism charges against the bloggers and journalists represent Ethiopia's latest affront to freedom of expression and assembly.

After a three-month show trial, Swaziland’s High Court conviction of two of the country’s most prominent human rights activists shows that Swaziland’s court system has lost its last shred of credibility.