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.
On the third anniversary of the murder of Natalya Estemirova, a journalist and prominent human rights defender in the North Caucasus, Freedom House commemorates Estemirova’s life and work, and reiterates calls for Russian authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Freedom House is deeply concerned about the recent abduction and beating of Mr. Deng Athuai, chairman of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance, which came only days prior to the country’s first anniversary of independence.
Freedom House condemns the arbitrary detention of 20 women human rights defenders in Sudan and calls for their immediate release. The recent arrests are the latest move by President Omar al-Bashir and his ruling National Congress Party to stifle dissent.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today voted in favor of appointing a special rapporteur to monitor the human rights situation in Belarus. Freedom House remains deeply concerned about ongoing, egregious human rights violations in Belarus and welcomes this action by the UNHRC.
A new report released by Freedom House today finds a persistent decline in democratic principles and human rights in Ukraine, a development which is especially worrying in light of the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections in October 2012.