Freedom House calls on the Zimbabwean government to ensure a peaceful and transparent vote in the constitutional referendum on March 16. This will be the first national vote since Zimbabwe’s disputed 2008 presidential elections.
Freedom House applauds the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the March 4th general elections and patience during the six-day ballot tally by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Freedom House and ChinaAid cohosted an event to discuss human rights violations in China and what the US and EU can do to help, featuring European Parliament Vice President Edward McMillan-Scott, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, and other speakers.
Freedom House today released the following statement regarding the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez:
“With the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Freedom House urges the government in Caracas to follow the steps laid out in the Venezuelan constitution which states that, in the case of a permanent absence of the president, the leader of the National Assembly should temporarily assume the presidency and elections must be called in 30 days. Freedom House calls on the government and the opposition to commit themselves to ensuring a fair and democratic campaign and election and a peaceful presidential transition. We extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chavez for their loss."
The recent state-sponsored harassment of democracy and human rights organizations in Zimbabwe is a blatant violation of citizens’ fundamental freedoms and threatens the credibility of the upcoming constitutional referendum. Freedom House calls on Zimbabwe’s leaders to end the attacks on civil society and hold accountable those responsible for ordering the raids.
Freedom House President David Kramer met with European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, to discuss policies for encouraging greater respect for human rights in Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia.