On the third anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky's murder, Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) co-hosted a panel discussion on new Russian legislation. The panelists, including Freedom House's Director of Eurasia Programs Susan Corke, called for a loud condemnation by the international community of the Kremlin's human rights abuses.
Freedom House applauds the passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act by the House of Representatives on Friday and calls on the Senate to pass the legislation as soon as possible. The Magnitsky Act, as it is known, was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support as part of a larger bill that normalizes trade relations with Russia and Moldova, which Freedom House also supports.
The National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House present the following statement of international concern to bring attention to the rapidly deteriorating situation inside Russia and to demonstrate widespread support for Russian civil society.
In the past six months Vladimir Putin has introduced laws to silence the voices of protest that have risen from the Russian public, stressed Susan Corke, Freedom House director of Eurasia Programs, in her November 15 testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on human rights in Russia.
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.
As President Barack Obama enters his second term, relations with Russia present him with a set of thorny problems. This package of materials includes policy proposals, a summary of Russian legal restrictions on NGOs, a chronology of repressive actions under Vladimir Putin since 2000, and graphs illustrating Russia's score declines in Freedom House's annual reports.
“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.
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