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The fatal stabbing of Azerbaijani journalist Rafig Taghi is a blow to press freedom and the latest in a series of troubling events that underscore the worsening human rights situation in Azerbaijan.

On November 22nd, the Malaysian government announced that it will enact new rules for public demonstrations under the Peaceful Assembly Bill. While the legislation recognizes the fundamental right to freedom of assembly, it will be more restrictive than the current law, since it contains troubling provisions, including a ban on street protests.

Freedom House calls on the Russian government to investigate the circumstances of Natalya Gulevich’s detention and provide her with the necessary care to return her to health.  The denial of critical medical care to Natalya Gulevich, illegally detained in pre-trial detention facilities since December 2010, renews concerns about the rule of law in Russia and that the Russian authorities are flagrantly violating their responsibility to care for people detained by the government by denying needed healthcare to detainees.

Today, we mourn the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old Russian lawyer who died a terrible death two years ago in pretrial detention after exposing a multimillion-dollar fraud against Russian

Nearly ten months since the start of the Egyptian revolution, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has yet to take basic steps towards establishing a human rights-respecting, democratic, civilian government, according to a statement released today by the Egypt Working Group, of which Freedom House is a part.

Freedom House expressed deep concern about the Stop Online Piracy Act  (SOPA) in a letter co-signed with other human rights organizations to Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX-21) and John Conyers Jr. (D-MI-14).

Freedom House is concerned by the arrests of journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street protests, as well as arrests at “Occupy” protests in other cities, and urges authorities to release all detained journalists without charge and to refrain from restricting media access to the demonstrations.

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