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About Freedom House

Freedom House is a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world. Since it's founding in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt, Wendell Willkie and other Americans concerned with the mounting threats to peace and democracy, Freedom House has been a vigorous proponent of democratic values and a steadfast opponent of dictatorships of the far left and the far right.

Throughout its history, Freedom House has opposed tyranny around the world, including dictatorships in Latin America, apartheid in South Africa, Soviet domination of Central and Eastern European and religiously-based totalitarian regimes such as those governing Sudan, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Freedom House has promoted the growth of freedom by encouraging U.S. policymakers, international institutions, and the governments of established democracies to adopt policies that advance human rights and democracy around the world. At the same time, Freedom House provides support to individuals working in the world's young democracies to overcome debilitating legacies of tyranny, dictatorship and political repression, as well as to activists working in repressive societies to bring about greater freedom and openness.

Freedom House translates the intangible values of freedom into a strong tangible impact by combining analysis, advocacy and action.

Analysis

Freedom House is widely recognized as the definitive source of information on the state of freedom around the globe. Freedom House's four annual surveys, Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads are available in their entirety on the Internet, along with numerous special reports.

Advocacy

Freedom House helps focus the world's attention on core issues of freedom and democracy, and encourages policymakers to adopt strategies that advance the spread of freedom around the world. Through public events, press releases, opinion articles, Congressional testimony and one-on-one meetings with policymakers, Freedom House highlights key challenges and issues in the struggle for freedom around the globe.

Action

By providing training and support to democracy advocates, Freedom House assists in advancing indigenous reform efforts around the world. With over a dozen offices spread over four continents, Freedom House works directly with democratic reformers on the front lines in their own countries, acting as a catalyst for freedom by strengthening civil society, promoting open government, defending human rights, and facilitating the free flow of information and ideas.

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Freedom House
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Fl. 6
Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202) 296-5101
Fax: (202) 293-2840