In the following letter, Freedom House and other key human rights groups express concern to President Barack Obama about the possibility that the administration will soon relax the import ban on Burma before proper safeguards are in place.
Projects to monitor internet censorship in Myanmar and to create a secure connection to the internet in Syria were selected as the winners of Freedom House's IGF Incubator Challenge, an international competition for new internet freedom initiatives.
Freedom House urges President Obama to highlight ongoing human rights issues and to meet with civil society during his upcoming trip to Southeast Asia, which includes visits to Cambodia, Burma, and Thailand. These stops are scheduled during the President’s travel to the region November 17-20, where he will attend the East Asia Summit and meet with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh. It will be the first time a sitting United States President will visit Cambodia and Burma.
November 10, 2012 – A project offering internet users in Syria a way to securely connect to the internet and another to establish a forum to monitor internet censorship in Myanmar were selected as the winners of Freedom House’s IGF Incubator Challenge, an international competition to fund Internet freedom initiatives. U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Richard L. Morningstar presented the winners - Anas Helali from Syria and Htaike Htaike Aung from Myanmar - at a ceremony held in the Old City of Baku on November 10.
Lauren Galacia manages the Asia program. Prior to joining Freedom House, she oversaw the development and implementation of citizen engagement programs throughout Asia and Eurasia, with a focus on Thailand and Burma.
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.