Take Action

While it is necessary that the public become educated about the moral and legal basis for the right to freedom of expression and about current threats to its existence, it is also important that the public act to promote and defend free expression. On this page you will find a collection of different ways in which you can take action—from writing to political leaders to helping raise social awareness. In all of your communications, please remember to mention the Center for Inquiry and the Campaign for Free Expression!


Write Foreign Leaders

Sign our petition and urge the leaders of eight foreign countries where people are being imprisoned or sought for charges on free speech grounds to demand they respect the right to freedom of expression and immediately grant their freedom and protection.

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You can also write to each country’s Ambassador to the United States to ask that he or she convey your concerns to government officials in their home country. Below is the contact information for all of the Ambassadors who represent countries which are featured on the Cases page.

Bangladesh

Embassy of Bangladesh
H.E. Akramul Qader
3510 International Drive, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Egypt

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
H.E. Sameh Hassan Shoukry
3521 International Court, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Indonesia

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesian
H.E. Dr. Dino Patti Djalal
2020 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

India

Embassy of India
H.E. Nirupama Rao
2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Pakistan

Embassy of Pakistan
H.E. Sherry Rehman
3517 International Court, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Russia

Embassy of the Russian Federation
H.E. Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak
2650 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Saudi Arabia

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
H.E. Adel A. M. Al-Jubeir
601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Thailand

Embassy of Thailand
H.E. Vijiavat Isarabhakdi
1024 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007


Press the U.S. Government

Write your elected officials and President Barack Obama’s administration to let them know that many Americans care deeply about protecting the right to freedom of expression and want the U.S. government to take a strong stand for this right in the global arena.

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Contact UN Officials

Contact Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief—an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council who identifies existing and emerging challenges to the rights to freedom of conscience and presents ways to overcome such challenges. Write Bielefeldt and make sure he is fully aware of the troubling number of cases in which humans have been punished simply for expressing their thoughts.

Contact Bielefeldt online at InfoDesk@ohchr.org (subject line: “For Heiner Bielefeldt”) or by mail at:

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland


Help Raise Awareness

Many of the stories mentioned on this website or elsewhere have not garnered local, national, or international media attention. We need to change that. How? Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Post about the Campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #CFICFE.
  • Share news articles, videos, and other materials regarding the Campaign on Facebook.
  • Write posts about the Campaign on your blog or website.
  • Pen a letter to the editor in your local newspaper.
  • Organize an event in your community.

Need assistance? Email cfe@centerforinquiry.net.