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Freedom House commends Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Ben Cardin, Roger Wicker, and 28 additional Senate cosponsors for their leadership in seeking respect for human rights in Russia by calling for the passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.

Freedom House is deeply concerned by the arrest on February 15 of three Tunisian journalists working for daily newspaper Attounisia, after publishing a front-page photo portraying ‘near-nudity,’ and calls for their immediate release.

Freedom House condemns the killing of Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues, the editor for local newspapers Jornal da Praça and Mercosul News, on February 13 in Brazil, and asks authorities to thoroughly and promptly investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

Freedom House is appalled by the Bahraini government’s relentless repression of activists before and on the one-year anniversary of the “Pearl Roundabout.”

Freedom House is alarmed by the Ugandan parliament’s decision to reintroduce anti-gay legislation, and welcomes the Ugandan government’s move not to support the parliament’s decision.  Rather than contributing to the persecution of sexual minorities in the country, parliament must make every effort to ensure the safety of all lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT).

Freedom House condemns the arrest of Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) members, including leader Jenni Williams. She was arrested February 6 as she left a meeting with the Joint Operations, Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) — a multi-partisan panel tasked with implementing the country’s Global Political Agreement.

Freedom House is deeply concerned by the indictment of photographer and activist Park Jung-geun on January 31 for violating South Korea’s National Security Law and sharing a Twitter posting from the North Korean government with his followers, in what he says was an attempt at satire.

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