January 17, 2012
Freedom House expressed deep concern about the removal of three members of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission – Ahmad Nader Nadery, Ahmad Fahim Hakim, and Moulawee Ghulam Mohamad Ghareb—and called for their reinstatement. The removal of these three commissioners raises serious concerns about the Afghan administration’s commitment to human rights and undermines efforts to hold perpetrators of abuses accountable.
Despite promises by Tunisia's new government to uphold free expression, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members, is concerned that not enough is being done to effectively uphold this right in light of recent attacks on journalists and academics.
We write to express our grave concern about the assault last week by the Egyptian authorities on Egyptian and international civil society groups. These latest actions undermine the already unsteady progress toward democracy in Egypt and raise serious doubts about whether the current military authorities will permit a successful transition from Army rule.
Donors, who provide approximately half of Cambodia’s national budget, should make clear to the Cambodian government that the fourth draft of the Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO) must be revised to protect civil society or be withdrawn, a group of concerned international human rights organizations said today.
Testimony by Daniel Calingaert, Freedom House Vice President for Policy and External Relations, before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, on December 8, 2011
We are writing to you out of concern with ongoing developments in Bahrain. “meaningful reform and equal treatment for all Bahrainis are in Bahrain’s interest, in the region’s interest, and in ours.”
As we await the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) on November 23, we are also pleased to hear that the administration will “review the Commission’s findings carefully and assess the Government of Bahrain’s efforts to implement the recommendations and make needed reforms.”
The International Partnership Group of freedom of expression organizations visited Macedonia on an evidence-gathering mission from 17-18 November 2011 and met with representatives of the government, the parliament, civil society, journalism associations and media development organizations, as well as individual journalists.