While the world’s attention has been focused on Libya, the humanitarian crisis in Côte d’Ivoire has reached devastating proportions and requires a strong and concerted international response. Freedom House today echoes the call of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the United Nations Security Council to intervene on behalf of the people of Côte d’Ivoire and take necessary measures to assist in the immediate removal of Laurent Gbagbo, including through military action if necessary.
Freedom House applauds two significant steps taken today by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC): the appointment of a special investigator to explore human rights abuses in Iran and the passage of a strong resolution to combat religious intolerance that no longer calls for legal mechanisms to prohibit so-called “defamation of religions.”
One year before the pivotal presidential election in March 2012, Russia confronts an immense and growing corruption problem at all levels of government and society that severely threatens chances for reform, according to a special report released today by Freedom House and the Latvian policy institute Providus.
Freedom House strongly condemns the escalating use of violence against protesters in Syria and calls on the government to initiate a process of serious democratic reforms in response to demonstrations by its citizens demanding their basic human rights.
Freedom House is disappointed with the decision of Egypt’s Judicial High Committee, which is supervising this Saturday’s referendum on constitutional amendments, to limit the access of domestic and international monitoring groups to the polls.
A new survey of public opinion in Zimbabwe has revealed that despite the risk of higher levels of violence and intimidation associated with an election campaign, the majority of Zimbabweans would prefer to hold elections in 2011 rather than maintain the current government of national unity.