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.
Freedom House welcomes the release Monday of well-known Syrian lawyer and human rights activist Haitham Maleh from prison and joins him in calling on the Syrian government to release all remaining political prisoners and bring to an end the 48-year emergency law.
Freedom House condemns the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) deepening repression of foreign journalists. Recent violent attacks and restrictions on journalists’ freedom of movement threaten to further skew coverage of important issues and limit the outside world’s ability to follow developments in China at a critical time.
As the conflict between anti-government protesters and supporters of authoritarian leader Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi continues, Freedom House reiterates its call for al-Qadhafi to step down and put an end to the violence.
Freedom House applauds interim President Fouad Mebazaa’s announcement today that Tunisia will hold elections for a constituent assembly on July 24th, and calls for the government to ensure that the new electoral law will allow for free and fair elections.
Freedom House commends the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership from the Human Rights Council and urges UN members to refrain from electing other human rights abusing countries to that body in future elections.