A new law threatening thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia passed the first step toward adoption with overwhelming support in the country’s Parliament on June 6, further escalating the government’s broad assault on civil and political liberties.
Freedom House applauds the adoption of a landmark resolution on freedom of expression online by the UN Human Rights Council. On July 5, the Council unanimously affirmed that “the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, in particular freedom of expression”.
Three years after the Chinese government’s harsh crackdown on Uyghur demonstrators, Freedom House remains deeply troubled by the continued assault on human rights in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China.
Freedom House is extremely concerned about the arrest of Mohammad Soleymania, an Iranian journalist, translator, poet and social networking expert, and urges Iranian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally.
Freedom House denounces efforts by UAE officials to impose a travel ban on human rights defenders and bloggers and calls on the Emerati government to lift these restrictions and to cease all efforts to stymie freedom of expression. Such bans are the latest in a series of measures aimed at silencing calls for reform among peaceful activists.
Freedom House urges Mexican authorities to open an investigation into the disappearance of Mexican-American freelance journalist, Zane Alejandro Plemmons Rosales, who went missing in mid-May in Nuevo Laredo. The disappearance of another journalist in the northern states of Mexico illustrates the dire need for greater journalist protection mechanisms. Plemmons was a crime scene photographer who was working for newspaper El Debate, where he worked in Mazatlan covering the Sinaloa cartel.