Freedom House congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi and the Egyptian people on his election as the first civilian President of Egypt, the result of a peacefully contested election. We hope that this will mark a watershed moment in Egypt’s transition to democracy.
Freedom House applauds the government of Kyrgyzstan for recent critical steps it has taken to combat torture, including the creation of a partnership with civil society to work on torture prevention, as well as the passage of a law creating a torture prevention mechanism.
Freedom House calls on Kosovo’s parliament to comply with international norms and recommendations regarding freedom of expression and of the press, as it deliberates over two articles of its criminal code dealing with criminal liability and the disclosure of information sources.
The closure of another independent media outlet and numerous public comments made by President Rafael Correa attacking private media are an alarming illustration of Correa’s growing attempts to silence critical media. Freedom House calls on President Correa to retract his order preventing government officials from speaking to private media and to allow all journalists and media organizations to operate without interference.
Freedom House denounces today’s decision by the Egyptian Minster of Justice to issue a decree, effective June 14, giving military intelligence and officers the power to arrest civilians until a new constitution is in place.
The recent flood of arrests of human rights defenders in Oman, including 22 individuals who remain in custody after participating in a peaceful protest on June 11, is a worrying indication of the deteriorating conditions for freedom of expression in the Gulf nation. Freedom House urges authorities to immediately release and drop all charges against the protesters, and to implement meaningful reforms to secure free speech without fear of unjust prosecution.
A legislative amendment that dramatically increases fines for those who participate in “unsanctioned” public events and demonstrations, passed by both houses of the Russian parliament today, seriously threatens the right to the freedom of assembly in Russia and should be outright rejected by President Putin. Freedom House calls for all those who support a more democratic future in Russia to speak out strongly against the new measures.