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Letter to Russian Minister Nurgaliev, April 27, 2012

Buddhist monk Venerable Luon Sovath is one of three finalists for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders announced today in Geneva. The announcement event is being ‘broadcast’ live at 11am Geneva time (5am ET) on

Read the IFEX leter sent to the King of Bahrain expressing concern with ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.

Freedom House and the Latin American Network for Democracy and Human Rights wrote an open letter to the Colombian government and leaders in the hemisphere calling for the inclusion of topics of democracy and human rights in their deliberations, and their inclusion in the agenda of subsequent summits. Nearly 150 activists and organizations from throughout the hemisphere signed the letter.

Letter to President Barack Obama calling for the release of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

See a PDF version of the letter here.

The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), consisting over 40 prominent human rights organizations and activists, today submitted a petition to the special procedures of the United Nation Human
Rights Council calling for the UN to help shut down North Korea’s vast gulag system.

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, March 21, 2012, David J. Kramer

On the seventh anniversary of editor Elmar Huseynov’s murder, the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) remains deeply concerned regarding the continuing cycle of violence against journalists and impunity for their attackers in Azerbaijan. The IPGA calls for the authorities to bring Elmar Huseynov’s murderers to justice and to seriously investigate and prosecute all cases of violence against journalists.

Freedom House President David Kramer called for Congressional support for Egyptian civil society in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Letter to Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, February 14, 2011

On behalf of the undersigned human rights organizations, we are writing to express our deep concern over the ongoing harassment and prosecution of civil society organizations in Egypt.

Read the rest of the letter here.