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.
Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai’s decision to endorse a document enforcing a “code of conduct” that limits women’s freedoms is a grave setback for women in Afghanistan. This decision, which comes a day before International Women’s Day on March 8, represents a serious threat to the advancements women have achieved in the country since the fall of the Taliban.
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.