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We express our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the four-day siege of the school in Beslan in North Ossetia, which began September 1, 2004. Freedom House, however, remains concerned by the Russian Federation’s refusal to conduct a forthright, transparent investigation of the events that led to 334 deaths, including 186 children.

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Bahrain’s arrest of Maryam al-Khawaja and the continued repression of the country’s Shi'a majority show the government’s intolerance of peaceful political protests and efforts to bring about greater political openness.

Freedom House strongly condemns the unconstitutional attempt by the army to remove Lesotho's democratically-elected leaders from power.

Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, according to a Freedom House report released today, in advance of the Internet Governance Forum.

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