Freedom House welcomes the legislation introduced today by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John McCain (R-AZ) to prevent human rights abusers from entering into the United States and accessing U.S. financial institutions. The Global Human Rights Accountability Act, S. 1933, is modeled on last year’s Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. Senators Cardin and McCain received Freedom House’s Leadership Award in 2013 for their work to pass the Magnitsky Act.
Freedom House condemns an attack on the writer Jevrem Brković, a columnist for the daily newspaper Vijesti, and calls for authorities in Montenegro to investigate the long series of unsolved cases of physical harassment against journalists there.
Freedom House joins U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in strongly condemning President Goodluck Jonathan’s signing Nigeria’s anti-homosexuality bill into law on January 13. While traditional values in Nigeria reflect widespread discomfort with homosexuality, the new law ignores fundamental and universal human rights by banning same-sex relations, same-sex marriage and criminalizing participation in gay clubs, societies, and organizations.
Freedom House congratulates Tunisia on its peaceful change of power, set in motion by the January 9 resignation of Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh. His departure clears the way for a new caretaker government to take office January 10.
The decision by Kazakhstan’s government to suspend newspaper Pravdivaya Gazeta for the second time in the past eight months is an unacceptable interference in freedom of the press. Freedom House calls on the government to cease harassment of the newspaper Pravdivaya Gazeta and all independent media in Kazakhstan.