United Nations

Freedom House consistently advocates for a strong and effective UN Human Rights Council that lives up to its mandate. The Council is the world’s only global body dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. Created in 2006 to replace the discredited UN Commission on Human Rights, the Council’s success is critical not only for advancing human rights, but also for the overall credibility and effectiveness of the UN as a body. Freedom House regularly brings delegations of human rights defenders to Council sessions in Geneva, and has been particularly vocal against “defamation of religions” resolutions.  Freedom House also publishes special reports evaluating the Council’s progress as well as the human rights records of its members.
 
 

 

Programs

Freedom House’s Global Freedom of Expression Campaign employs advocacy, analysis, financial support, and technical assistance to support efforts by local advocates to oppose or overturn restrictive media laws in a number of countries, including Azerbaijan, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Uganda.

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Freedom House promotes civil society engagement with the Organization of American States and the United Nations by preparing and bringing activists from different countries to international forums to raise awareness on restrictions and to collectively push for reforms to strengthen human rights and democratic practices.

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