In response to the increasingly grave human rights situation in Syria, Freedom House today joined other human rights groups in sending a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he take a number of concrete actions against the Syrian government, including calling for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate ouster.
Freedom House strongly condemns the sentencing of labor lawyer Natalya Sokolova to six years in prison on spurious charges resulting from her support for striking trade union workers in Kazakhstan and calls for her immediate and unconditional release.
Freedom House today called for the repeal of a law on religions recently passed by the Hungarian parliament. At the same time, Freedom House supported concerns raised by15 prominent Hungarians in an open letter to Human Rights Commissioners of the European Commission and the Council of Europe regarding the new law.
Freedom House today expresses its outrage at the arrest of former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and calls for her immediate release. This action, which lacks any credibility in the eyes of the international community or among many Ukrainians, is the latest round in the government’s relentless persecution of Tymoshenko and other leading political opponents.
As Iranians commemorate Journalists’ Day on August 8 (17th of Mordad in the Iranian calendar), Iran remains one of world’s most dangerous countries for reporters. Freedom House condemns the Iranian regime’s ongoing crackdown on journalists and calls for the release of Bahman Ahmadi Amouee and all other journalists who remain unfairly imprisoned.
Freedom House condemns the detention of prominent Belarusian human rights defender, Ales Bialatski, the Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and calls for Belarusian authorities to release him immediately.