Freedom House is deeply concerned by Sudan’s armed forces targeting civilian populations. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has apparently taken advantage of the international community’s attention on fighting in South Sudan to launch a military offensive against civilians in territories controlled by political rivals.
Freedom House featured an interactive map installation at the October 20-22 Google Ideas summit Conflict in a Connected World to show the range of methods used by repressive governments to control online content. The installation highlighted various types of internet censorship, such as filtering, physical attacks, and throttling, used in twelve countries throughout the world.
Freedom House strongly condemns the government of Sudan’s response to recent protests, and urges the international community to pressure the Bashir administration to respect the basic human rights of its people. As highlighted in today’s report by the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), more than 170 people have been killed by government forces since protests erupted on September 23, with scores more injured. State security forces, notorious for their use of torture and arbitrary detentions, have arrested almost a thousand people.
Sudan must end a violent government crackdown that has resulted in the deaths of more than 100 protesters, including children, and the arbitrary arrest of several hundred individuals. Freedom House is increasingly concerned by reports of violence and calls on the government of Sudan to immediately stop the killing and unlawful arrest of civilians, and to respect the rights of the Sudanese people to life, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, and freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly.
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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