Sunjeev Bery

Sunjeev Bery

Executive Director, Freedom Forward

Sunjeev Bery is the Executive Director of Freedom Forward, where he works to end U.S. alliances with nondemocratic governments, including dictators, kings, and apartheid systems. Freedom Forward is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for International Policy.

Before launching Freedom Forward, Bery was advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA. Prior to his time at Amnesty International, Bery served as a regional director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.  He has also served as a public interest lobbyist on student financial aid issues and as a fundraiser for environmental and human rights organizations.

Bery has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees, as well as before the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.  His commentaries on U.S. foreign policy and human rights have appeared in a range of U.S. and global media, and he has made numerous appearances on U.S., European, and Middle Eastern television, radio, and other news outlets.

Bery holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Harvard Public Service Fellow. He is a recipient of the 2007 Asian Law Alliance Community Impact Award and has received commendations from the California State Senate and Assembly for his human rights advocacy.



March 4, 2021

Advocates target Saudi Arabia's PIF over MBS' role in Khashoggi murder

Sunjeev Bery quoted

"'Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund was directly involved in the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi by using its planes to transport the monarchy's assassins,' said Sunjeev Bery, the executive director of Freedom Forward, an advocacy group that aims to end US support for non-democratic countries."

February 23, 2021

45 Human Rights and Foreign Policy Organizations Call on Formula 1 Star Lewis Hamilton to Speak Out Against the Saudi Government's Human Rights Abuses

Sunjeev Bery mentioned

"Sunjeev Bery, executive director of Freedom Forward, stated, 'Saudi Arabia's dictatorship is using sports and entertainment events in a desperate attempt to hide its horrifying human rights record from the world. As a voice for freedom, Lewis Hamilton should take a stand in support of the peaceful reformers and activists who are languishing in Saudi Arabia's prisons. Hamilton should boycott the race until Saudi Arabia's monarchy embraces reform.'"

March 1, 2021

Release of Khashoggi report sparks new push to punish Saudi crown prince

Sunjeev Bery mentioned

"Far from placating the kingdom's critics, the release of the official US assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "approved" Khashoggi's murder has emboldened human rights groups that had pushed for the report to be made public. An array of advocacy organisations are working closely with key lawmakers on efforts to sanction the king-in-waiting and press for deep reforms in the kingdom while also pursuing legal action in US courts"

February 16, 2021

Saudi Arabia issues ultimatum to foreign companies to move regional HQs to kingdom

Sunjeev Bery quoted

"Sunjeev Bery, the executive director of Freedom Forward, a group working to end US alliances with non-democracies, told Middle East Eye in January: “Businesses that partner with Saudi Arabia's dictatorship are enabling a brutal government that uses its power to smash the democratic aspirations of people both inside and outside of Saudi Arabia's borders.”"