Freedom House welcomes the U.N. Human Right's Council (UNHRC)’s adoption of a resolution condemning "widespread and systematic” human rights violations in Syria. The resolution calls upon the Syrian government to immediately cease attacks on civilians and to allow unimpeded access by the United Nations and other aid groups to areas that have been besieged for months.
Freedom House urges Azerbaijani authorities to facilitate peaceful demonstrations and respect citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and association following protests on March 1 in Quba, Azerbaijan, during which seven journalists were injured and more than 50 people arrested.
We are deeply concerned by the stabbing of female Jordanian blogger Enass Musallam in Amman, Jordan on Monday, February 21 after she allegedly criticized a member of the royal family in her blog. She currently is in a stable condition. According to the Jordan Times, a man reportedly stabbed Musallam in the stomach and threatened to kill her if she did not stop blogging about political reform in Jordan.
Freedom House is outraged by the arrest on February 16 of 14 Syrian bloggers, journalists, and activists affiliated with the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM). Among those detained were prominent activist and SCM Director Mazen Darwish and his wife, US-born blogger Razzan Ghazzawi, and journalist Hanadi Zahlout.