Freedom House and 17 other civil society organizations operating in southern Africa have petitioned SADC Heads of State and Government to express concern over a protocol for a new inter-state tribunal. After disbanding the SADC Tribunal in 2012 without consultation of critical stakeholders, the SADC has proposed a new tribunal but would bar citizens from accessing the court.
Freedom House joined other prominent human rights groups in launching a campaign to raise awareness about ongoing rights abuses in Bahrain in advance of the country hosting the upcoming Formula One Grand Prix. The campaign calls on drivers in the upcoming Formula One race to pledge their support for a free and just Bahrain by calling attention to rights abuses in the country and the need for reform. To help raise awareness about the campaign on Twitter, use hashtags #ReformsF1rst and #F1.
Freedom House sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to consider candidates with strong human rights backgrounds when he makes appointments to senior positions at the State Department.
The Embassy of Bahrain in the U.S. will host a celebration in honor of Bahrain’s National Day in Washington D.C. on December 12th, even as its government continues to crack down on the fundamental rights of its citizens. Freedom House staff have declined to attend the event, which will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, stressing in a letter to the Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo that Bahrain must focus on ending rights abuses and achieving political reform before throwing a lavish event.
Ahead of a court of appeal hearing on 28 May, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members, urges the Tunisian judiciary to quash the seven-year prison terms handed down in late March to Ghazi Ben Mohamed Beji and Jaber Ben Abdallah Majri.