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.
EG Justice and other civil society organizations today credited UNESCO’s Executive Board for soundly rejecting a petition by the government of Equatorial Guinea to reinstate a prize funded by and named after its president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. In a decision on May 9, 2011, the Executive Board declined to consider a May 4 request by the Obiang government to reverse its prior decision and award the prize without delay.
Freedom House condemns the brutal tactics employed by the government of Swaziland against the country’s peaceful pro-democracy movement and calls upon authorities to respect the constitutional rights of Swazi citizens to freedom of expression and assembly.