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The proposed amendments to Pakistan’s press law would present a big step backward for media freedom in the country, Freedom House said today.

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.

The Tunisian government’s harassment of opposition figures and journalists during the lead-up to presidential and legislative elections on October 25 is deeply troubling, Freedom House said today.

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.

Freedom House will send a high-level delegation to Cairo next week for talks on how to best support the Egyptian government and civil society in their efforts to strengthen human and civil rights.

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.

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