As demonstrators have taken to the streets today in Iran and Bahrain to demand greater freedom, Freedom House calls on authorities in the two countries, as well as leaders in the remainder of the region, to respect citizens’ universally protected right to peaceful freedom of assembly and to refrain from the further use of violence against demonstrators.
President Hosni Mubarak proved once again to be deaf to the demands of the Egyptian people by his refusal today to step down. Freedom House renews its call on Mubarak to heed the wishes of millions of Egyptian people by stepping down immediately and allowing the country to begin a transition to democratic rule.
Freedom House today expresses deep concern about the illegal eviction of dozens of Chechen families from their homes in Grozny over the past month and calls on the Russian government to conduct a thorough investigation and provide immediate remedy to the affected families.
Freedom House congratulates Southern Sudan on a successful referendum process and urges a sustained commitment by political leaders in Southern Sudan as well as the international community to building a viable democratic society in what will be the world’s newest country.