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Global freedom suffered its fifth consecutive year of decline in 2010, according to Freedom in the World 2011, Freedom House’s annual assessment of political rights and civil liberties around the world. This represents the longest continuous period of decline in the nearly 40-year history of the survey. The year featured drops in the number of Free countries and the number of electoral democracies, as well as an overall deterioration for freedom in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Sunday’s referendum on the future status of Southern Sudan provides an historic opportunity for the Southern Sudanese people to determine the future of their country.

The attack Wednesday on an American diplomat by Vietnamese police officers is a blatant violation of diplomatic protocol and an example of ongoing efforts by the Vietnamese government to stifle dissent, according to Freedom House.

Freedom House condemns today’s arrest of Tunisian cyber activists, Slim Amamou, Azyz Amami, Hamadi Kaloutcha and rapper Hamada Ben Omar and urges the government to release them immediately and without charges.

Freedom House condemns yesterday’s arrest of eight Muslim activists in Egypt, who were peacefully protesting in solidarity with Coptic Christians

Freedom House strongly condemns the brutal killing of Governor Salman Taseer of the Punjab Province of Pakistan, who was murdered because of his support for the repeal of the country’s archaic blasphemy law, and strongly urges the Pakistani government to repeal the law immediately.

Freedom House is deeply concerned about repressive measures used by Tunisian authorities in response to the current protests and political unrest in the country.

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