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. Visit the Freedom Forward website and take action!


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.'"

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.”"

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."

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.”


Sunjeev Bery

Executive Director, Freedom Forward

Freedom Forward

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.

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