Freedom House is deeply concerned about the alarming increase in restrictions on the media and targeted harassment and arrests of opposition leaders and Shiites in Bahrain since martial law was declared on March 14 and calls on the government of Bahrain to end the emergency law and to immediately release those arrested.
The recent Koran burning by Florida pastor Terry Jones and his followers, while intentionally hateful and offensive, does not justify the killing and injuring of innocent people in Afghanistan and Freedom House strongly condemns these vicious acts.
Cambodia’s proposed law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) contains provisions that place troubling restrictions on the ability of NGOs to organize and function effectively. Freedom House calls on the Cambodian government to abandon the law in its current version as it is fundamentally flawed.
The arrest and detention of peaceful protesters in Moscow yesterday is another example of the Kremlin’s continued attempts to inhibit the right of the Russian people to peaceful freedom of assembly, a right which is protected by Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, according to Freedom House.
Freedom House and the Progressive Policy Institute today announced the creation of an Iran Strategy Task Force, Beyond Sanctions: The Next Iran Strategy. Convening leading scholars and analysts, the joint task force will formulate new approaches to dealing with Iran and make recommendations after meeting with key policymakers in the Obama Administration, Members and Staff in the U.S. Congress, other experts from the U.S. and abroad, and the diplomatic community.
The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan condemns the 26 March 2011 abduction and beating of journalist Seymur Khaziyev. The group is deeply concerned by the cycle of violence against journalists and impunity for those who commit such attacks in Azerbaijan, and calls on the authorities to immediately and impartially investigate all instances of violence against journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The World Press Freedom Committee (www.wpfc.org), an international organization representing 45 press freedom groups from throughout the world, expressed condemnation of the blocking of the Sunday editions of Argentina’s two largest newspapers, Clarín and La Nación, on March 27.