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Freedom House condemns the death sentences of two Bahraini citizens upheld by a special appeals court on Sunday, and calls upon authorities to take measures to ensure the rights of citizens to due process and to end its efforts to persecute those who have demonstrated for political reform.

Freedom House condemns President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s continued efforts to thwart the transition process in Yemen and calls upon him to begin the process of turning over power to an interim government until elections can be called.

Freedom House urges the European Union to adopt economic sanctions against Belarus strongman Aleksander Lukashenka when EU foreign ministers meet on Monday. The deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus demands strong and urgent action by the EU and United States beyond the visa ban and asset freeze imposed on January 31.

Freedom House is deeply concerned about the passing of a constitutional referendum in Ecuador that will give President Correa undue influence over the country’s media, as well as its judiciary.

Freedom House calls upon members of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to prioritize the domestic human rights records of candidate countries, as well as the candidates’ voting records on human rights issues at the UN, when casting ballots for the UN Human Rights Council elections on Friday. Additionally, Freedom House calls for regional groups to support competitive slates in future Council elections.

Freedom House commends President Obama on his speech concerning political upheaval in the Middle East and U.S. policy toward the region, delivered today at the State Department. In his address, the President detailed a forceful agenda based on longstanding American values and interests, articulated a solid set of principles to guide US policy, and emphatically aligned the United States with the vast majority of people throughout the Middle East who are striving for basic freedoms.

Freedom House welcomes President Obama’s upcoming address on the “Arab Spring” and its implications for the future of US policy in the Middle East. This is an opportunity for the President to lay out a clear, proactive agenda in support of democracy in the region that builds upon the vision he presented in his Cairo speech in June 2009 and that Secretary Clinton elaborated in Doha in January.

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