Latest update: 13/02/2012
Human rights: the role of NGOs in foreign policy
The Washington-based organisation Freedom House says it's committed to spreading democratic ideals worldwide. It openly says it's helping activists in countries like Burma and Belarus to get organised and stand up against repression. But the NGO has been harshly criticized. It's funded by the US government. And that's sparked accusations that Freedom House is an American foreign policy tool - something the organisation denies.