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As Cambodia prepares to hold elections for its National Assembly on July 28, 2013, and following the return to the country of opposition leader Sam Rainsy on July 19, Freedom House joins key international human rights groups in calling on Cambodia’s government to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.

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Civil society is increasingly coming under assault around the world, as authoritarian governments grow more bold and sophisticated in stifling independent groups that monitor elections, expose corruption, or otherwise give citizens a voice in how they are governed. 

JLo's appearance in Turkmenistan not only legitimizes a corrupt and authoritarian regime, but damages her image as an artist who cares about human rights. Freedom House joins key rights groups in urging JLo to donate any fees received from playing the concert to charities working to improve the human rights' situation in the country. Click here to read our letter to JLo.

After the Egyptian military’s July 3 removal of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency and suspension of the constitution, and amid mounting civil strife, Egypt’s democratic future hangs in the balance. U.S. policy toward post-Mubarak Egypt also faces a critical test.

In testimony to the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Freedom House Director of MENA programs Charles Dunne, one of 43 NGO employees unjustly convicted last week by an Egyptian court, called for the U.S. government to conduct a top-to-bottom review of its relationship with Egypt, including its aid package. Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) agreed, stating, “We must insist that the government implement real democratic reforms or risk losing U.S. assistance.” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) echoed this sentiment, calling the verdict a "huge impediment in our relationship and our ability to partner with the Egyptian government."

Freedom House joined key organizations and individuals in urging President Barack Obama to call for the release of 16 Chinese prisoners of conscience during an upcoming summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

On June 3, 2013, Freedom House made an oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council raising concerns about the rise in states’ surveillance of communications.

In the following letter, Freedom House, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Committee to Protect Journalists call on Secretary of State John Kerry to emphasize the importance of civil society in his upcoming visit to Russia.

Presidente de la República, Enrique Peña Nieto, promulga hoy la ley que faculta a las autoridades federales para atraer casos de delitos del fuero común cometidos contra periodistas y medios de comunicación.

A coalition of 19 human-rights groups, including Freedom House, calls on President Barack Obama in the following letter to issue an executive order explaining the administration's strategy for preventing atrocities.