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Freedom House welcomes the announcement by the Burmese Government that it has ended pre-publication censorship and views it as another positive step in opening up the space for free expression.

Freedom House is alarmed by the clashes between South African police and demonstrating miners that resulted in 34 dead and 78 injured and calls for thorough investigation into what appears to be a disproportional use of force against civilians. 

Freedom House urges leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) during their summit later this week to demonstrate strong commitment to free and fair elections in Zimbabwe by demanding that national elections in the country not be held until full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), including concrete steps to strengthen the mechanisms that monitor Zimbabwe’s compliance with the provisions outlined within the GPA.

On the one-year anniversary of the arrest of prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, Freedom House reiterates its call for his immediate release, as well as the release of other political prisoners in Belarus.

- Broad group of human rights leaders calls for renewed U.S. leadership on human rights -

A policy paper released today by a coalition of 22 prominent human rights organizations and individuals identifies 10 of the most significant human rights challenges facing the next American president and strongly urges that these issues be given top priority in the next administration.

Freedom House denounces recent embezzlement charges against Aleksei Navalny, a leader of Russia’s opposition movement and anticorruption crusader, in what appears to be politically motivated retribution for his activism and criticism of authorities. This trumped-up legal assault on Navalny is the most recent in a host of troubling moves by the Russian government that demonstrate how far Russia has strayed from international standards of human rights and rule of law.

The capability of repressive governments to monitor users of mobile phones and block access to internet content is far beyond levels realized by users and presents significant risks for user privacy and safety, according to a new report released today by Freedom House and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). This is a serious problem in countries that lack the rule of law and where civil liberties are not respected.

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