Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.
They analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.
They recognize that freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed. More than 2.5 billion people live in countries that Freedom House designates “Not Free,” more than a third of the globe’s population.
Freedom House acts as a catalyst for greater political rights and civil liberties through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action. Their research and analysis frame the policy debate in the United States and abroad on the progress and decline of freedom.
They advocate for U.S. leadership and collaboration with like-minded governments to vigorously oppose dictators and oppression. They amplify the voices of those struggling for freedom in repressive societies and counter authoritarian efforts to weaken international scrutiny of their regimes.
They also empower frontline human rights defenders and civic activists to uphold fundamental rights and to advance democratic change.
Freedom House is a strong voice for a U.S. foreign policy that places the promotion of democracy as a priority. Its representatives regularly testify before Congress, provide briefings to high level Administration and State Department officials, and argue the case for freedom at conferences, in op-eds, and through media appearances. In 2004, Freedom in the World was chosen as a formal source for the determination of country eligibility for the Millennium Challenge Account, a foreign assistance program designed to provide additional aid to poor countries that, among other criteria, achieve certain democratic standards.
Freedom House continues to serve as a leading advocate for policies to advance the democratic idea. It was a founder of the Community of Democracies, an alliance of global democracies that seeks a greater voice for democracy at the UN and other international forums. It also supports critical reforms of the UN to make its work in human rights and democracy more effective.
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