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Freedom House condemns recent pressure on prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski and youth leader Zmitser Dashkevich while in prison, and reiterates its call for their immediate release as well as the release of other political prisoners.

The order to arrest Google’s Brazil director for refusing to remove an incendiary YouTube video is just the latest in a series of recent judicial attacks on freedom of expression on the Internet in Brazil. Freedom House calls for the warrant to be dropped and for the internet in Brazil be permitted to serve as a venue for open political debate.

Freedom House condemns the conviction of three Vietnamese pro-democracy bloggers for expressing political dissent and calls for their immediate release. The Vietnamese government must end its campaign against those exercising their right to free expression online.

On his 50th birthday, prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski continues to languish in prison on trumped up charges.  Freedom House reiterates its call for his immediate release as well as the release of all political prisoners in Belarus.

Freedom House remains deeply concerned  by the Malaysian government’s policies that foster a climate of intolerance, which stigmatizes the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Such actions are deeply irresponsible and contribute to ongoing violence and systemic discrimination against this already marginalized community.

Following the passage in Russia of several laws outlawing so-called homosexual propaganda, the Russian Supreme Court in a decision released today clarified the definition of the term and prohibited some of the most draconian interpretations used by local authorities. Freedom House applauds this small but important decision though calls for repeal of these pernicious laws which restrict harmless speech and violate the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

The Bahraini government’s recent declaration that it will prosecute persons who criticize “national and public figures” online is an alarming indicator that the government is extending its crackdown from the offline to online realm. Freedom House condemns this threat to severely curtail free expression online.

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