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Freedom House urges the Saudi government to allow tomorrow’s peaceful Right to Drive campaign to take place without interference and to follow through on past promises to lift its decree banning female drivers as one of many steps overdue to improve women’s rights in the kingdom.

Freedom House is outraged by the brutal attack today on an American journalist and a British rights activist in Azerbaijan and calls on the authorities to publicly condemn the assault and to launch an immediate investigation into the crime.

A year after the tragic events in Kyrgyzstan, which claimed the lives of over 400 ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the south of the country, Freedom House recognizes the important step by the Kyrgyzstani government to acknowledge the tragedy and calls on the country’s leaders to increase efforts to improve the relations between various ethnic groups.

Freedom House applauds the decision of the U.S. Departments of Treasury and State last week to impose sanctions against three branches of the Iranian military establishment for their gross human rights abuses and violations of international law. Sanctions were imposed on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Basij Resistance Force (Basij), the Iranian national police and its police chief for extensive and sustained assaults on Iranian citizens.

Freedom House welcomes the decision taken by members of the Organization of American States (OAS) to adopt a resolution on freedom of association that recognizes the importance of respecting this fundamental right for democracy. The resolution was passed on June 8 by all 34 states of the Organization of American States (OAS), in its 41st OAS General Assembly held in El Salvador. This is the first time that Latin American states have formally addressed the issue of freedom of association in the region.

Freedom House is pleased to announce that Susan Corke has joined the organization as the new head of its Eurasia programs.

Freedom House expresses deep concern over the latest attack on a Russian human rights activist, this time against Bakhrom Khamroyev outside his home in Moscow. Freedom House calls for a full and transparent investigation so that the perpetrators are held accountable – in this and in all other instances where activists have been attacked.

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