In response to the request from the UN Special Rapporteur for the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, for comments on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communications, Freedom House has submitted a report highlighting the need to protect the right to anonymous communication and the use of encryption tools in the digital age.
With the upcoming appeal to be held on 12 December 2014, we would like to call on the Vietnamese government to ensure that the appeal proceedings are carried out in a way which complies with Vietnamese laws as well as the international law and standards on fair trial.
The appeal of three Vietnamese human rights activists was held in Dong Thap Province on 12 December 2014, resulting in their convictions being affirmed. We denounce the results as a violation of fair trial standards under Vietnamese law and the international human rights standards.
In a letter released today, nine leading human rights organizations urged President Obama to take up the Chinese government’s crackdown on civil society as a barrier to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 12, 2014.
Under the Ukraine Media Watch project ("Мережа медіа-спостерігачів" in Ukrainian), Freedom House and IMI monitor freedom of the press and speech with a special focus on the impact of developments on the electoral environment.
In April, when you met with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden at the White House, he expressed support for Montenegro’s aspirations to join the European Union and NATO and emphasized the importance of strengthening democratic institutions, including a free press. However, since that meeting, violations of press freedom have continued unabated and have led to an increasingly threatening environment for independent media in Montenegro.