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.
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.
Freedom of expression and the practice of journalism have been held hostage by the spiral of violence, which threatens to undermine the very foundations of Mexico’s democracy. Given the serious repercussions on democratic governance and stability, President Obama should give the protection of journalists a prominent place on the bilateral agenda.
Freedom House exhorta al gobierno del Estado de Coahuila y a las instancias federales de procuración de justicia, a que se investiguen con prontitud y eficacia la muerte del fotógrafo del diario Vanguardia.