The European Union's decision yesterday to lift the arms embargo on Uzbekistan sends a message that the country’s egregious human rights record is inconsequential, Freedom House said today, adding that the EU should be unequivocal in its condemnation of human rights abuses.
Today's decision by the Kazakhstani appeals court to uphold human rights activist Yevgeniy Zhovtis's conviction for vehicular manslaughter is an indication of the dismal state of justice in the country, Freedom House said today. The organization called on the Kazakhstani government to re-open its investigation of the case to ensure it has been conducted with fairness and transparency.
Freedom House calls for the immediate release of Haitham Maleh, a long-term Syrian human rights activist who was detained by Syrian authorities on October 14, and urges the European Union to postpone signing a cooperation agreement with Syria until he is freed.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s apparent decision to postpone a meeting with the Dalai Lama sends the wrong signal to the Chinese government at a time when the authorities in Beijing are intensifying efforts to silence peaceful critics at home and abroad.