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As the case of human rights activist, Evgeniy Zhovtis, comes under consideration by the Kazakhstani Supreme Court, Freedom House urges the relevant legal authorities to carefully review reports by international monitors of serious procedural flaws in last year’s trial.

In a country that suffers from an increasingly restrictive media environment, proposed legislation amending the 1995 Press and Journalist Act in Uganda will further stifle freedom of expression, according to Freedom House.

The decision by Kyrgyz authorities last week to block broadcasting and internet access to U.S. government-funded news services underscores a growing concern for freedom of expression in Kyrgyzstan, according to Freedom House.

Freedom House today held a panel discussion entitled “Free to Express, Free to Believe: The Defamation of Religions Debate” at the 13th Session of the Human Rights Council featuring human rights defenders from Indonesia, Nigeria and the United States who discussed options for combating religious discrimination without restricting free speech. Delegates from the United States, Chile, the UK, Italy, Denmark, Pakistan, Mexico and Brazil attended the session, together with about 75 UN and civil society representatives.

With less than a month to go before parliamentary elections, Freedom House condemns the Sri Lankan government’s latest attempts to intimidate human rights defenders and journalists, including Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) director Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu and the executive director of Transparency International Sri Lanka, J.C. Weliamuna.

Freedom House and Human Rights First delegates who are in Geneva for the 13th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations today issued a Plan of Action developed by their organizations and dozens of human rights advocates from 27 countries to advance global human rights. The plan urges all governments, multi-lateral institutions and civil society to prioritize freedom of expression and association and to support the work of human rights defenders around the globe.

The need for an end to the 29-year “emergency” in Egypt is underscored by the current military trial of blogger Ahmed Mustafa for exposing corruption in military institutions. Mustafa’s trial, which began on Monday is scheduled to resume on March 7.

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