The legislation, which is the House companion of the International Human Rights Defense Act introduced by Sen. Ed Markey in the Senate last month, would solidify the United States’ commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of LGBTI people around the world.
Freedom House condemns the Cuban government’s increasing use of arbitrary detentions to silence its critics and thwart peaceful assembly on the island, such as the arrest of members of Damas de Blanco.
It is hard to believe that over the course of a year authorities in Cameroon have not conducted a proper investigation into the murder of Eric Lembembe and that there have been no arrests, no court proceedings, and no justice served.
Freedom House continues to mourn the death of Natalya Estemirova, a dedicated and courageous human rights defender, whose life was tragically cut short because of her efforts to reveal human rights abuses in Chechnya.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the fierce critic of the Kremlin who was imprisoned for 10 years on politically motivated charges, will make his first major address in the United States since his release when he gives the keynote speech at the Freedom House Annual Awards Dinner on October 1.