President Mohamed Morsi’s seizure of executive and legislative power in Egypt was reinforced today when the constituent assembly rushed through the approval of a draft constitution that lacks fundamental democratic principles. Freedom House condemns the actions of President Morsi and the constituent assembly and calls for a return to a more democratic and inclusive process.
A draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, that may be debated and voted upon as early as this week by the Ugandan Parliament, would further endanger Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people in a country where gay rights are already absent. Freedom House condemns the draft bill, and any laws that restrict the rights of LGBTI people, and calls for the Parliament to reject it.
Freedom House denounces Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's decision to claim sweeping new powers for himself through a constitutional declaration that expands his presidential power significantly beyond that of his predecessors, including those of Hosni Mubarak.
Freedom House calls on the Government of Bahrain to honor its stated commitment to undertake serious reform and end its campaign of repression against peaceful activists on the occasion of the first anniversary of the release of the findings of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).
Freedom House applauds the announcement of a ceasefire between the government of Israel and the Hamas authorities in Gaza and hopes this will mark the beginning of a determined international effort to permanently end the violence that has cost the lives of innocent civilians.
Freedom House applauds the passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act by the House of Representatives on Friday and calls on the Senate to pass the legislation as soon as possible. The Magnitsky Act, as it is known, was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support as part of a larger bill that normalizes trade relations with Russia and Moldova, which Freedom House also supports.
Freedom House se complace de la instalacion de la Junta de Gobierno del Mecanismo de Proteccion de Personas Defensoras de Derechos Humanos y Periodistas en México, que tuvo lugar el pasado 12 de Noviembre.