When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits China this weekend, he should convey a clear message to the Chinese leadership that a good working relationship with the United States will depend in part on the government’s respect for universal human rights, Freedom House and seven other human rights groups urged in a joint letter submitted to the State Department on Wednesday, April 10.
Freedom House welcomes the pardon of several former government officials in Ukraine, most prominently Yuriy Lutsenko, a Minister of Interior under former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and former Minister of Ecology and Environment, Heorhiy Filipchuk. It calls on President Viktor Yanukovych to take similar action on Tymoshenko.
Freedom House congratulates the Kenyan people for expressing their will in a peaceful and democratic election and in the process, demonstrating to the rest of the world Kenya's democratic resilience following the violent election-related upheaval of 2007-2008. We urge the country's citizens to continue to reject political violence, and to remain vigilant and active in demanding accountable government from their elected leaders.
Freedom House is deeply concerned that draft legislation being considered by the Egyptian parliament will radically restrict the space for local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on issues of human rights and democracy. We call on the Egyptian government to demonstrate its commitment to democratic reform by replacing the current draft law with one that promotes freedom of association.
"I chose to defend human rights in China simply because I cannot maintain my silence in the face of injustice," states blind Chinese activist and self-taught lawyer Chen Guangcheng in an interview with Freedom House.
To mark the introduction into the House and Senate of resolutions to condemn the persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran, the Baha’is of the United States and Freedom House co-hosted a conference on Wednesday that featured accounts from relatives of imprisoned Baha’is.