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The Pakistani government’s efforts to increase internet censorship have reached worrying heights with the release of a request for proposals to build a system capable of blocking millions of URLs, according to Freedom House.

Freedom House today calls on all governments that will gather this Friday in Tunis for the “Friends of Syria” meeting to recognize the Syrian National Council as the country’s transitional government and to sever diplomatic relations with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Freedom House also urges Russia to stop all transfers of weapons to Syria.

Freedom House condena enérgicamente la decisión de la Corte Nacional de Justicia de Ecuador de ratificar la sentencia contra El Universo presentada por el Presidente Rafael Correa. El día 15 de febrero, la Corte Nacional en Quito rechazó la apelación de El Universo, ratificando la sentencia de tres años de prisión para los tres ejecutivos del periódico y el pago de $40 millones de dólares de indemnización a favor del Presidente Correa.

Freedom House strongly condemns Ecuadorean Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the sentence against newspaper El Universo brought by President Rafael Correa. Yesterday, Quito’s high court rejected the appeal filed by the newspaper and upheld the prison sentence of three years against three executives, and a fine for $40 million for libel against President Correa. 
Read the press release in Spanish here.

One year after the start of Bahrain’s February 14 “Pearl Roundabout” protests, Freedom House remembers those who have been injured and killed in the subsequent crackdown, urges the Bahraini government to allow peaceful protests to take place without interference, and continues to call for an end to abuses and the implementation of comprehensive reforms.

Freedom House today calls on President Barack Obama to press Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to improve human rights conditions in China. Vice President Xi, who is expected to become China’s president in 2013, will be visiting Washington D. C. tomorrow.

Freedom House is deeply concerned about the detention by Malaysian authorities of Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari, who fled Saudi Arabia to escape death threats for allegedly insulting the prophet Mohammad on Twitter. The 23-year-old Kashgari is at imminent risk of extradition to Saudi Arabia, where he faces charges of blasphemy that can carry the death penalty.

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