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One year into Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency, Ukraine has experienced a disturbing decline in democratic practices and human rights that, if unchecked, threatens a return to the authoritarianism of the country’s pre-Orange Revolution period, according to a special report -- Sounding the Alarm: Protecting Democracy in Ukraine -- released today by Freedom House.

Freedom House strongly condemns the crackdown on journalists and blocking of access to social media sites by the Ugandan government during recent unrest. Ugandan authorities should use restraint against protesters and ensure the rights of journalists, and all Ugandan citizens, to freedom of expression.

Freedom House calls for decisive international action to prevent further brutality by the al-Assad regime against the Syrian people, including special sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council and Security Council passage of tough sanctions against the regime.

Cyberattacks, politically motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure are among the diverse and growing threats to internet freedom, according to Freedom on the Net 2011: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media,a new study released today by Freedom House.

Freedom House is deeply concerned about the deaths of four detainees in Bahrain in recent days and urges the government to investigate torture allegations and to cease its campaign of repression against Shiites and other dissenting voices.

A new Freedom House report released today found that while the majority of circumvention tools used to evade government censorship online perform similarly well, the country in which they are used and the nature of the censorship dictate their effectiveness. No one tool provides a silver bullet for security as governments become more sophisticated in filtering content and monitoring user activity. Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools utilized user survey data and technical testing to evaluate various available circumvention tools for both functionality and ease of use.

Freedom House strongly condemns the brutal crackdown in Swaziland today on citizens peacefully demanding dismissal of the corrupt government that has bankrupted their country. Freedom House calls upon the Swazi Government to immediately release detained civil society activists and to heed their demands for democratic change.

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