The brutal crackdown on human rights defenders by security forces in United Arab Emirates (UAE), including the recent flood of arbitrary arrests against advocates of reform, is a troubling sign of the deteriorating climate for freedom of expression.
Freedom House strongly opposes the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s decision to award a controversial prize financed by one of the world’s longest-ruling dictators, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.
Freedom House remains concerned about the politicization of charges relating to events in Zhanaozen last year following the release of Kazakhstani human rights defenders Bolat Atabayev and Zhanbolat Mamay. Mamay was released from detention late last night, ten days after the release of Atabayev.
Freedom House welcomes the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)’s adoption, by consensus, of a much-needed resolution appointing a special rapporteur to investigate human rights abuses in Eritrea.