Freedom House strongly opposes the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s bid to reconsider the life sciences prize named after Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has blatantly ignored human rights abuses in his country for the past 30 years, and calls on the UNESCO Executive Board to remove the prize from consideration permanently.
On June 11, 2011, three employees from German television station ZDF were briefly detained and had their video footage destroyed in Equatorial Guinea. The crew was filming a concert at a French cultural center in Malabo as part of a larger effort to capture via film the general state of affairs in Equatorial Guinea. They were taken to TVGE studios where security agents led by the director of the state-controlled TV station, Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, ordered them to hand over all video footage.
President Teodoro Obiang N’guema of Equatorial Guinea is one of the world’s worst human rights abusers, and the African Union should categorically reject his impending assumption to the chairmanship of the organization, according to Freedom House.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House. The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.
Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.
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