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 22, 2021
Saudi F1 race: Activists urge Lewis Hamilton to speak out on human rights
Freedom Forward mentioned
"Dozens of human rights organisations have called on Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to boycott a Grand Prix set to be held in Saudi Arabia later this year and speak out against the kingdom's human rights abuses.
In a letter sent on Monday, a copy of which was shared with MEE, 45 groups urged the British driver to "reconsider" his participation in the race in Saudi Arabia, citing the kingdom's ongoing war in Yemen, detention of women's rights activists and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Signatories to the letter included Code Pink, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, Freedom Forward and International Service for Human Rights."
Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center and professor in the U.S. Foreign Policy program at the School of International Service, American University
Amy Belasco, former Specialist for the Defense Budget of the Congressional Research Service
Neta Crawford, Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Boston University
Matt Fay, former Director of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Niskanen Center
Ben Friedman, Senior Fellow and Defense Scholar at Defense Priorities
Laicie Heeley, CEO of Inkstick, Host of Things That Go Boom
John King, Founder, King and Brown Company LLC
Larry Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and adjunct professor at Georgetown University
Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director, National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies
Miriam Pemberton, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies
Mandy Smithberger, Director of the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight
Col. Larry Wilkerson (Ret.), Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy, William & Mary
Col. Isaiah "Ike" Wilson (Ret.), director, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College
CIP Senior Associate Carl Conetta was a consultant to the project
Freedom Forward works to end U.S. alliances with nondemocratic governments, including dictators, kings, and apartheid systems. U.S. foreign policy should be aligned with the value of global freedom. We work to make it happen.
For too long, U.S. foreign policy has directly contradicted U.S. government rhetoric. While U.S. officials talk about freedom, the U.S. government maintains alliances with governments that brutalize critics and silence dissent at home. We envision a world in which U.S. foreign policy is fully aligned with the hopes and aspirations of people who desire freedom.
We combine strategic research, advocacy, and solidarity-based activism to achieve changes in U.S. foreign policy and expanded freedom in societies that struggle under repressive U.S.-backed governments. We build direct civil society pressure on repressive governments that are backed by the U.S., as well as the private entities that enable such repression or profit silently while others suffer.
In too many places, U.S. foreign policy provides military and diplomatic support to governments that crush hope. U.S. citizens and taxpayers deserve better. When people around the world seek freedom from dictatorship and occupation, our own government should not be investing in the wrong side. Join us. Visit the Freedom Forward website at and take action!
Freedom Forward is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for International Policy.