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The Egyptian military’s July 3 coup, which deposed elected President Mohamed Morsi, requires a suspension of U.S. aid to Egypt, Freedom House said today.

Freedom House calls on the interim government of Egypt to lead an inclusive and transparent process in preparing for early elections in the wake of the military’s removal of President Mohamed Morsi from office. Although the road map presented by Armed Forces Chief Abdul Fatah al-Sisi together with opposition leaders provides an opportunity to move Egypt toward democracy, Freedom House is deeply concerned by the decision to depose an elected president.

Freedom House urges President Obama to address the democracy and human rights challenges confronting Africa in his upcoming visit to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania from June 26 to July 3. President Obama must stress to African leaders that building durable democracies as well as vibrant economies is essential to sustained growth in the region.

 

Freedom House applauds the Supreme Court’s decision today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismiss the case on Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California. Both decisions represent major milestones for human rights and LGBTI equality in the United States.

Freedom House condemns a violent assault by Russian authorities on the staff of one of the country's most prominent NGOs, “For Human Rights,” including its chair, Lev Ponomaryov, and calls on the international community to register its strong opposition to such thuggish tactics.

Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Hans-Gert Poettering and Freedom House President David J. Kramer met in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the crackdown on civil society organizations in Egypt.

Mounting domestic pressure for democratic change in Eurasia was met with increasingly repressive policies by the region’s autocratic governments in 2012, according to the newly released edition of Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual analysis of democratic development from Central Europe to Central Asia. The year’s events show that the entrenchment of authoritarian rule has come at the cost of increased corruption, censorship of the media, suppression of civil society, and in some cases violence against the political opposition.

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