The U.S. government's half-hearted approach to the Syrian conflict will backfire, argues a policy brief released by Freedom House. As nearly 70,000 are dead in a war that threatens to spill over into the broader region, the US has largely stood on the sidelines, contemplating the day after the fall of the regime but doing little to bring it about or influence the long-term outcome.
Freedom House and Argentina’s Foundation for Freedom of Expression and Democracy (Fundacion LED) express deep concern over the recent directives by the Argentinean government to prohibit private companies to place advertisement in independent media outlets. By targeting media groups that do not share the national government’s viewpoints, this policy threatens freedom of expression, and represents a troubling escalation of the ongoing confrontation with independent media. Freedom House and Fundacion LED call on Argentina’s leadership to abandon their campaign of economic pressure on the country’s free press and rescind these latest restrictions on private retailers.
The International Partnership Group, which includes Freedom House and other prominent international human rights organizations, urged the Parliamentary Assembly in the Council of Europe to make a strong call for Azerbaijan to improve its deteriorating human rights record.
In the following letter, Freedom House and other prominent rights groups call on President Barack Obama to express public concern regarding Turkey's increasingly hostile environment for free speech and expression.
Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. As organized crime, drug-trafficking and corruption continue to rise, there has been a spike in murders of journalists who have sought to draw attention to these issues. Since 2000 more than 82 journalists have been killed, and a high number have been kidnapped or disappeared, as a result of their work. Vulnerable journalists, who are increasingly being targeted by drug cartels, have nowhere to turn for help, as government authorities are often incapable or unwilling to protect them, and are sometimes even complicit in the attacks. These factors have instilled a culture of fear among journalists that has resulted in mass self-censorship.
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.
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 following letter, Freedom House and other key human rights groups express concern to President Barack Obama about the possibility that the administration will soon relax the import ban on Burma before proper safeguards are in place.