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"When repressive governments try to rewrite history and mask their abuses, there must be others to call them out," stated Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) at the launch of this year’s Freedom on the Net report, Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet access, censorship, and user rights.

Freedom House is participating in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (OSCE-HDIM), an annual conference for reviewing the human rights commitments of the OSCE's 57 Participating States. Freedom House and its partner organizations will make interventions on topics relating to fundamental freedoms.

Libya has “the capacity and resources to be a success, and we’re going to need a success in the region,” stated William Taylor at a discussion cohosted by Freedom House, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Atlantic Council on Libya’s transition and the future of US-Libyan Relations.

Torture and ill-treatment are widespread across Central Asia. In the past few years, with the support of USAID, Freedom House has worked with civil society groups in Kyrgyzstan and throughout Central Asia to elevate the issue and prevent torture. These images remind us of the individual stories of pain and injustice and that torture and inhumane treatment are never justified.

“People do want to live in freedom and dignity... in the long run, with or without outside help, they will prevail," stated Fred Hiatt in a keynote address to the conference “Civil Society Under Assault” hosted by Freedom House and Human Rights First.

Freedom House is deeply disturbed by the violence in Egypt, with at least 700 reported dead and thousands injured as a result of a crackdown by Egyptian security forces against supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi.

The fall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 raised expectations for a democratic transition in Egypt. However, over the past 30 months, severe human rights violations have continued, first under the interim military junta, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), and then under the presidency of Mohamed Morsi and his Freedom and Justice Party, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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