Freedom House condemns the deportation of three civic leaders and two journalists who were traveling to Angola to attend a civil society conference occurring concurrent with this week’s Summit for Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and calls upon Angolan authorities to cease their efforts to prevent legitimate civil society participation in activities surrounding the Summit.
A second brutal mob attack on Indonesia’s Ahmadiyya last week, as well as the harsh sentencing of an Ahmadi victim in a previous attack, are further proof of a troubling downward spiral in religious freedom in Indonesia. Freedom House calls on the Indonesian government to step up its efforts to protect its minority faith communities through effective law enforcement, appropriate and unbiased application of the law, and an active role in promoting religious tolerance at all levels.
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.