The emergence of popular movements for reform were the driving force behind major gains in the Middle East last year, according to Freedom in the World 2013, Freedom House’s annual report on the state of global freedom. However, a number of regions experienced setbacks due to a hardened and increasingly shrewd authoritarian response to these movements.
Freedom House mourns the death of 33-year-old human rights activist Irfan Ali Khudi, who was killed in a string of bomb attacks in Quetta, Pakistan by terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a banned Sunni militant group with ties to the Pakistani Taliban.
Freedom House condemns as unconstitutional the decision of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and National Assembly to delay indefinitely the inauguration of Hugo Chavez to a fourth presidential term, and urges the government to provide the Venezuelan people with a clear way forward consistent with Venezuelan law.
Freedom House condena el retraso indefinido de la toma de posesión de Hugo Chávez por considerarlo inconstitucional, y exhorta al gobierno Venezolano a que provea un camino claro para la salida de este impasse, consistente con las leyes Venezolanas.
Freedom House calls on the government of Venezuela to ensure transparency and to strictly follow the constitutional process in the event that Hugo Chavez cannot be sworn in for a fourth presidential term on Inauguration Day.