Freedom House condemns the recent arrests and sentencing of Moroccan blogger Hazzam El Bachir and internet café owner Abdullah Boukfou and calls for their immediate release without harm. The events in Morocco reflect a troubling trend by governments in the Middle East and North Africa Region to use traditional means of repression to clamp down on bloggers and human rights activists.
Freedom House congratulates Oleg Orlov, Lyudmila Alexeyeva and Sergei Kovalev of human rights group Memorial on winning the 2009 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded by the European Parliament to "individuals or international organisations who - like Sakharov – have distinguished themselves in the struggle for human rights."
A public opinion survey released today showed that Zimbabweans have limited knowledge of their Constitution, but they want democratic safeguards, such as presidential term limits and an independent judiciary.
In response to a growing crackdown on freedom of expression around the world and in honor of U.N. Human Rights Day, Freedom House calls on human rights organizations, democratic leaders, and citizens to join in an international campaign to defend this critical right.
The massacre of civilians and journalists that occurred on Monday in the Philippines is a shocking symptom of the country's climate of impunity and the government's inability to protect freedom of expression, Freedom House said today. The organization condemned the killings in the strongest terms possible.