A new Freedom House report, Swaziland: A Failed Feudal State, documents the damage done to the lives of ordinary Swazis, the economy, and the state institutions through a combination of the royal family’s greed and the monarch’s insistence on putting himself above the law.
Freedom House is deeply concerned by threats against Armenian NGOs working on women’s rights and gender-equality issues, and calls upon the Armenian authorities to conduct thorough investigations of the incidents.
On the 40th anniversary of the military-led coup d’état in Chile, Freedom House recognizes the victims of human rights violations perpetrated by the military regime and urges the government to fulfill its obligation to provide truth and justice to the victims and their families.
Freedom House denounces the Venezuelan government’s decision to withdraw from the American Convention on Human Rights, which takes effect today, one year after late President Hugo Chavez announced his intention to pull Venezuela from the convention. Freedom House urges the Venezuelan government to reconsider and calls on Latin American democracies to encourage Venezuela to reverse its decision.
Whatever the outcome of this week’s vote in Congress on the Syria resolution, recent events in Syria heighten the need for the Obama Administration to present a serious, credible, and comprehensive strategy in concert with allies aimed at bringing to an end the Assad regime’s gross human rights abuses and mass slaughter of innocent civilians in Syria. Freedom House as an organization is not taking a position on the Congressional vote itself but believes that addressing the plight of the Syrian people is long overdue.