Freedom House strongly denounces the death of 12 individuals in Nyala, South Darfur, following the firing of live ammunition and tear gas into mass public protests by the Sudanese police and National Intelligence and Security Service. The Government of Sudan must halt its crackdown on the Sudanese people’s right to peacefully protest and exercise their right to freedom of assembly, association, and expression.
Freedom House condemns the arbitrary detention of 20 women human rights defenders in Sudan and calls for their immediate release. The recent arrests are the latest move by President Omar al-Bashir and his ruling National Congress Party to stifle dissent.
On Sunday, June 17, Sudanese police violently retaliated against peaceful protests that began in the female dorms at the University of Khartoum and had spread to the entire university campus by Saturday. Freedom House calls upon the Sudanese government to immediately end the violent actions of its police forces and to allow Sudanese citizens to protest according to their rights as enshrined in the Sudanese constitution.
Freedom House condemns a decision to sentence a Sudanese girl to death by stoning in Omdurman, Sudan after she was accused of bearing a child out of wedlock. The Sudanese Supreme Court must repeal the sentence and ensure her safety. Furthermore, Freedom House calls on the Government of Sudan to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards by repealing Article 146 of its penal code, permanently abolishing the death penalty, which contravenes international covenants against basic human rights.
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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