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.
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).