Freedom House honored Maina Kiai with the Freedom Award and Rep. Frank Wolf with the Leadership Award at its Annual Awards Dinner on October 1. Former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky gave the night's keynote address.
A certain group of countries want greater control over how the internet is run globally. As it turns out, they tend to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to censoring the web and arresting users for their online activities.
In response to the announcement that Simone Gbagbo—the former first lady of Côte d’Ivoire, who has been charged by the International Criminal Court with crimes against humanity allegedly committed during post-election violence in 2010-2011 – will appear before an Ivoirian court on October 22, 2014, Freedom House issued the following statement:
A Chinese court’s conviction on Sept. 23 of Ilham Tohti, an economics professor, on charges of “separatism” and its sentencing him to life imprisonment highlight the government’s efforts to subdue unrest in Xinjiang, the country’s far-western region that is also home to most Uighurs, the Muslim ethnic group to which Tohti belongs.