Freedom House and ChinaAid cohosted an event to discuss human rights violations in China and what the US and EU can do to help, featuring European Parliament Vice President Edward McMillan-Scott, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, and other speakers.
Freedom House today released the following statement regarding the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez:
“With the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Freedom House urges the government in Caracas to follow the steps laid out in the Venezuelan constitution which states that, in the case of a permanent absence of the president, the leader of the National Assembly should temporarily assume the presidency and elections must be called in 30 days. Freedom House calls on the government and the opposition to commit themselves to ensuring a fair and democratic campaign and election and a peaceful presidential transition. We extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chavez for their loss."
The recent state-sponsored harassment of democracy and human rights organizations in Zimbabwe is a blatant violation of citizens’ fundamental freedoms and threatens the credibility of the upcoming constitutional referendum. Freedom House calls on Zimbabwe’s leaders to end the attacks on civil society and hold accountable those responsible for ordering the raids.
Freedom House President David Kramer met with European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, to discuss policies for encouraging greater respect for human rights in Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia.
Inspired by Participant Media's and Sony Pictures Classics' No, the Chilean Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film opening in the U.S. on February 15th, Participant in collaboration with Freedom House, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders has designed a Social Action campaign focused on the importance of freedom of political expression. "No Mas"--takepart.com/nomas – provides a platform for individuals to speak up for others who are living in nations that silence any opposition to the establishment.
A new report released today by Freedom House and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) finds that the dangers that journalists face in Mexico extend to cyberspace, with a growing number of murders and cyber-attacks against those reporting on corruption, organized crime, and drug-trafficking. Most Mexican journalists have been attacked or know someone who has been attacked, and many lack the basic knowledge to remain safe using new technologies.
As President Obama enters his second term, he and his administration should formulate an approach markedly different from the reset policy of the first term to confront the increasingly repressive human rights situation in Russia.