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.


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.'"

Putin’s new vision of anarchy, world war and the Russian Dream

Sunjeev Bery mentioned

"[T]he Future Investment Initiative (FII) and the informal Davos labels attached to it by non-profits infuriate the World Economic Forum (which has nothing to do with it). Those labels hint at a broader point though: elite organizations and decision-makers mill in the same crowds and adopt similar approaches to the world. If, collectively, top bankers have amnesia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, non-profits see attaching collective shame to them as a way to force change.

Sunjeev Bery, executive director of Freedom Forward, has been urging leaders not to attend: “I applaud the International Monetary Fund and CNBC, who recently confirmed that they would not attend.”

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.”"

Wall Street executives face criticism for returning to 'Davos in the desert'

Sunjeev Bery mentioned

"A coalition of human rights organisations called on corporate executives to drop out of the event, dubbed ‘Davos in the Desert’, which takes place in Riyadh and virtually on 27-28 January.

Groups including Freedom Forward, Democracy for the Arab World Now (Dawn) and MENA Rights Group cited concerns about Riyadh using the event to distract the public from human rights concerns.

“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,” Sunjeev Bery, the executive director of Freedom Forward, told Middle East Eye."

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