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Freedom House condemns the harsh sentence imposed today on political activist Konstantin Lebedev by a Russian court for allegedly organizing civil unrest during the May 6, 2012 protests in Moscow.  Lebedev, a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a penal colony. He was arrested in October 2012 after a pro-government documentary alleged that he was paid by a Georgian parliamentarian to recruit, train, and coordinate activists for the May 6 events.

On April 18, guests filled the Hillyer Art Space for Freedom House’s Second Annual Photography and Art Auction fundraiser. Thirty photographs and art from more than 20 different countries, including China, Russia, South Sudan, and Syria, were displayed and sold in a silent auction.

Tras darse a conocer el estrecho margen de los resultados de la elección presidencial el día de ayer, Freedom House insta al Consejo Nacional Electoral Venezolano a convocar a un recuento del 100% de los votos que sea abierto, transparente y verificable.

In response to Venezuela’s tightly contested presidential race yesterday, Freedom House urges the National Electoral Council of Venezuela to conduct an immediate and exhaustive recount of 100 percent of the votes in an open, transparent and verifiable way.

“Fiction gives us a way to think about people who will never make front page news,” stated Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt at a discussion at Freedom House of his new novel Nine Days.

On the 40th anniversary of dictatorial rule in Swaziland, Freedom House calls upon the government of King Mswati to work with citizens to transform the political system into one that is credibly democratic.

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits China this weekend, he should convey a clear message to the Chinese leadership that a good working relationship with the United States will depend in part on the government’s respect for universal human rights, Freedom House and seven other human rights groups urged in a joint letter submitted to the State Department on Wednesday, April 10.

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