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To commemorate the two-year anniversary of the government crackdown on peaceful post-election protests in Belarus, Freedom House held an open discussion featuring three prominent Belarusian human rights defenders (pictured on left): Zhanna Litvina, Natallia Pinchuk, and Tatsiana Reviaka.

Freedom House’s final monitoring report on the trial of Kazakhstani opposition activists Vladimir Kozlov and Akzhanat Aminov, and labor activist Serik Sapargali documents additional violations of the right to a fair trial. The defendants were convicted of inciting social hatred leading to violence on December 16, 2011, when law enforcement killed at least a dozen protesters in the western town of Zhanaozen.

Join Freedom House for a demonstration on December 12th at 6:00 p.m. outside of the Bahraini Government's National Day Celebration, to draw attention to the ongoing assault on democracy and human rights activists.

 

Six countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have laws criminalizing LGBT persons. Zero countries in ASEAN have anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT persons.

Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Since 2000, more than 82 journalists have been killed as a result of their work covering organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption.

The UN special rapporteur on torture called it a “widespread phenomenon” in Kyrgyzstan. As part of our work to curb rising torture rates in Central Asia, Freedom House hosted a conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan on November 19 and 20 that brought together local anti-torture organizations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with representatives from the UN, the OSCE, and international NGOs to discuss new strategies for combating torture in the region.

Inherited cultural norms combined with structural issues such as a lack of rule of law cause women to be marginalized in Egypt and other Muslim countries, observed Freedom House Egypt Project Director Nancy Okail at a panel discussion hosted by the Women’s Foreign Policy Group on November 16.

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