Freedom House condemns the attack on Philip Kostenko, an activist working with the Anti-Discrimination Center “Memorial” in Saint Petersburg, Russia, who has been involved in recent demonstrations advocating for fair elections in Russia.
Freedom House laments the death of Cuban political prisoner Wilman Villar, who died January 20, 2012, 50 days after beginning a hunger strike to protest his four-year jail sentence for disrespecting authority and resisting arrest. The Cuban government’s confinement of Villar under extreme conditions, as well as its failure to provide timely medical attention, contributed to his death.
The detention of Belarusian activist Mikita Kavalenka and journalist Alyaksandr Barazenka during a Minsk protest calling for the release of opposition activists is yet another disturbing example of the Lukashenka regime’s attempts to stifle dissent.
Freedom House welcomes Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s announcement to postpone the passage of the Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO) until a consensus is reached between the government and civil society.