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Freedom House strongly condemns the use of force against protesters by authorities in Bahrain and Yemen and urges both governments to use restraint and to respect the rights of citizens.

Freedom House condemns the guilty verdict and 15-year sentence handed down to U.S citizen Alan Gross today following last week’s two-day trial in Cuba.

Freedom House is deeply concerned about the well-being of eight political and civil society activists who have been arbitrarily arrested in Cameroon and urges authorities to release them immediately without harm.

Freedom House strongly condemns the refusal of Côte d’Ivoire’s Laurent Gbagbo to accept an African Union panel’s recommendation that he turn over power to Alassane Ouattara, the legitimate winner of last November’s election.

Freedom House supports recent demands by local journalists and freedom of expression advocates in the Middle East and North African region for reform of state media organizations as well as the repeal of restrictive media laws and condemns increased crackdowns on journalists during the current political turmoil.

In advance of potential protests announced for March 11, Freedom House calls on Azerbaijani authorities to demonstrate tolerance and respect for freedom of assembly and freedom of association.

On the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, Freedom House recognizes the equal rights of women globally and particularly calls upon governments in the Middle East and North Africa, where women experience the lowest levels of fundamental rights, to fulfill their commitments to gender equality.

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