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.

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Saudi ‘Davos’ turnout underscores costs of Khashoggi murder


Bankers, politicians and CEOs from around the world are set to flock to an annual Saudi Arabian business meeting this week, in part rehabilitating an event that was blackballed last year after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Saudi 'Youth Forum' at New York public library canceled after activists' outcry


This week, the Misk Foundation, a charity organization founded and chaired by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, held what many said was a controversial event in New York City.

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Nicki Minaj Praised for Pulling Out of Saudi Arabia Concert After Furious Online Backlash


In this article on Nicki Minaj's decision to pull out of a concert in Saudi Arabia, Sunjeev Bery, director of Freedom Forward, is quoted for praising the decision as it sends a message to the Saudi regime.

Sunjeev Bery interviewed

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NYU rabbi faces campus backlash over UAE posting


The UAE is likely using the strategy of faith-washing to hide its human rights atrocities behind a wall of interfaith public relations...

Sunjeev Bery quoted

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Are tensions between US, gulf allies and Iran coming to a head?


In this article on on escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Sunjeev Bery, director of Freedom Forward, advocates that the U.S. would be better off if it focused its attention on cutting ties with the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Sunjeev Bery interviewed

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