Freedom House on May 29 received a $50,000 donation from the Jyllands-Posten Fond to renew its support for Freedom of the Press, Freedom House’s annual survey of media independence. The survey assesses the degree of media freedom in 197 countries and territories each year. This will be the third consecutive year of support for Freedom of the Press by Jyllands Posten.
Honduras is the third worst country for press freedom in Latin America, only rated higher than Venezuela and Cuba, according to the findings of Freedom of the Press 2013. Freedom House and the Metropolitan University of Honduras in Tegucigalpa hosted an event on May 22 to present the findings of Freedom of the Press 2013 to Latin American audiences.
Nearly four years after the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (KJRC) was set up to investigate gross violations of human rights, the Commission released its report on Tuesday, May 21, and delivered it to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Freedom House welcomes the comprehensive report and strongly urges the government of Kenya to immediately take steps to implement its recommendations.
Freedom House condemns the homophobic and transphobic attacks against peaceful participants in the May 17th event commemorating the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in Tibilisi, Georgia, and is deeply concerned by the lack of appropriate response from law enforcement and relevant government officials to hold the perpetrators accountable.
On May 20th, Burmese President Thein Sein will visit Washington, D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama in what will be the first trip of its kind by a Burmese head of state in 47 years. Given ongoing human rights abuses and the sluggish pace of reform, Freedom House expresses deep concern regarding the timing of the visit and the signal this will send to the Burmese regime.