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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Don’t let the Saudis use coronavirus concerns to hide their crimes


Saudi Arabia has just offered to host a “Virtual” G20 summit, bringing the world’s leaders together to address the coronavirus pandemic. While the world absolutely needs much better international coordination in response to this catastrophic pandemic, Saudi Arabia’s ruling family is one of the last governments we should want convening a conversation on solving any humanitarian crisis, let alone a crisis of this magnitude.

by Sunjeev Bery and Ben Freeman

Freedom Forward and Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

What Democrats Traded for Impeachment


Democratic leaders have made a terrible trade. In return for clean headlines on impeachment, congressional Democrats gave Donald Trump his full wish list for war.

by Sunjeev Bery

Freedom Forward

US-Saudi downplay Florida terror shooting as ties scrutinised


Sunjeev Bery, director of the anti-autocrat campaign group Freedom Forward, said that despite the headlines from Pensacola, lawmakers from both parties were pushing ahead with a defence spending bill that permitted ongoing arms sales for Saudi to use in Yemen.

Sunjeev Bery quoted

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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.

Sunjeev Bery quoted

Freedom Forward

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.

quoted Sunjeev Bery

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