Freedom House joined other prominent human rights groups in launching a campaign to raise awareness about ongoing rights abuses in Bahrain in advance of the country hosting the upcoming Formula One Grand Prix. The campaign calls on drivers in the upcoming Formula One race to pledge their support for a free and just Bahrain by calling attention to rights abuses in the country and the need for reform. To help raise awareness about the campaign on Twitter, use hashtags #ReformsF1rst and #F1.
Freedom House sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to consider candidates with strong human rights backgrounds when he makes appointments to senior positions at the State Department.
In its current form, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is scheduled to be voted on by the House of Representatives in mid-April, would significantly impact U.S. citizens’ privacy online. In a letter to the bill's co-sponsors, Freedom House president David Kramer urges the lawmakers to amend the current bill to enhance Internet security while respecting existing US privacy laws.
Signatories express their recognition and support for the protection of human rights within the Inter American system and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights in light of the upcoming Organization of American States' (OAS) special session.
The U.S. government's half-hearted approach to the Syrian conflict will backfire, argues a policy brief released by Freedom House. As nearly 70,000 are dead in a war that threatens to spill over into the broader region, the US has largely stood on the sidelines, contemplating the day after the fall of the regime but doing little to bring it about or influence the long-term outcome.
Freedom House and Argentina’s Foundation for Freedom of Expression and Democracy (Fundacion LED) express deep concern over the recent directives by the Argentinean government to prohibit private companies to place advertisement in independent media outlets. By targeting media groups that do not share the national government’s viewpoints, this policy threatens freedom of expression, and represents a troubling escalation of the ongoing confrontation with independent media. Freedom House and Fundacion LED call on Argentina’s leadership to abandon their campaign of economic pressure on the country’s free press and rescind these latest restrictions on private retailers.
The International Partnership Group, which includes Freedom House and other prominent international human rights organizations, urged the Parliamentary Assembly in the Council of Europe to make a strong call for Azerbaijan to improve its deteriorating human rights record.