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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.

Cubans do not believe they will benefit from Raul Castro’s economic reforms, and many fear that their personal situation will become worse, according to a special report – Real Change for Cuba? How Citizens View Their Country’s Future – released today by Freedom House.

Freedom House opened its newest office this week in Vilnius, Lithuania in a ceremony featuring Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis and Freedom House Executive Director David J. Kramer. The office will focus on ways to promote democratic reform and human rights in neighboring Belarus, a country suffering under the dictatorial rule of President Aleksandr Lukashenka. The activities of the office will be focused on assisting the Belarusian nation in reaching its true potential as a full-fledged member of the European family, upholding true democratic values and civil liberties.

Freedom House condemns the ever-deepening cycle of repression directed by the Syrian government against peaceful protesters throughout the country. Today, security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Hama, killing at least 40, according to Syrian human rights observers. Attacks on protesters were also reported in the southern town of Jassim and the northeastern city of Deir al-Zour, as well as other locations. The demonstrations on “Children’s Friday,” which appeared to be the largest of the 10-week uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, were mainly provoked by the circulation of graphic videos documenting the murder and mutilation of a 13-year-old boy, Hamza al-Khatib, by Syrian security forces.

Freedom House condemns Kazakhstan’s decision to deport Ershidin Israil, a Uyghur schoolteacher who fled China in the summer of 2009 after ethnic riots in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Freedom House today released Worst of the Worst 2011: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, its annual report identifying the world’s most flagrant human rights abusers, at a press conference during the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The brutal death of Pakistani journalist, Saleem Shahzad, is a shocking illustration of the deteriorating environment for journalists in Pakistan. Freedom House calls upon Pakistani authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into his death and to take decisive measures to ensure the protection of journalists.


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