The latest from Freedom House:

Venezuelan government has implemented forced deportations of more than 1,000 people living along the Colombian border. 

Tajikstan’s Ministry of Justice banned the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT). 

In response to court decisions against two critical news outlets in Kazakhstan, online newspaper and ADAM magazine, Freedom House issued the following statement:

In response to Jordan’s Lower House of Parliament passing a decentralization measure that no longer assures roles for women in local governing councils and allows the government to appoint 25 perce

Freedom House is concerned by Ugandan authorities’ apparent abduction and illegal detention of youth activist Norman Tumuhimbise. 

Freedom House and  the cosigned organizations urge Secretary of State John Kerry to encourage the government of Mauritania to enforce its anti-slavery laws; and seriously reconsider Mauritania’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). 

The wrongfully imprisoned student activist Bahareh Hedayat received an extended prison sentence by Branch 28 of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court.