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Freedom House condemns the Chinese government’s January 5th detention and subsequent disappearance of human rights activist and lawyer Liu Shihui. Authorities at the Dadongjie police station in Guangzhou detained Liu when he went to inquire about three members of a grassroots pro-democracy group, Southern Street Movement, who were taken into custody the day before. Liu was transferred out of the police station in the middle of the night on January 6, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Freedom House condemns the recent bomb attack against the independent Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti, and urges authorities to thoroughly investigate the attack as well as offer greater protection to the paper and its journalists. The December 26 bombing damaged the paper’s offices but did not injure any staff.

Freedom House condemns the government of Bahrain’s December 26th arrest of photojournalist Ahmed al-Fardan on undisclosed charges. 

Freedom House is deeply concerned by Egypt’s military-backed government’s decision to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. 

The brutal beating of independent Ukrainian journalist Tetyana Chornovol is an attack on freedom of the press and unacceptable intimidation of citizen’s freedom of expression, Freedom House said.

Freedom House condemns the guilty verdicts and harsh sentences an Egyptian court issued December 22 against Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel, prominent members of Egypt’s April 6 pro-democracy movement. 

UPDATE: On February 10, 2014, Freedom House is joining human rights groups in a global day of action against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The climate for LGBTI persons in Uganda is hostile, and the threat the anti-homosexuality bill poses to LGBTI people reiterates the need for President Museveni to reject the bill in an effort to protect the fundamental freedoms of Ugandans.

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