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A decade after China banned the Falun Gong, the Chinese government shows no inclination to reverse its abusive policies toward religious minorities. Freedom House calls upon the Obama Administration to elevate the priority of this critical issue in its ongoing engagement with the Chinese regime.

Full country reports from the 2009 edition of Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual survey of political rights and civil liberties, are now available online.

Freedom House calls on the Russian government to fully investigate the disturbing murder of Natalya Estemirova, one of Chechnya's most prominent human rights activists, and bring the attackers to justice.

Freedom House urges participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to make clear that the decision of Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev to sign a repressive new internet law does not bode well for the success of Kazakhstan’s upcoming chairmanship of the OSCE.

Barack Obama will make his first stop in Sub-Saharan Africa as U.S. president when he arrives tomorrow in Ghana, one of only 10 countries that Freedom House rates as Free in the region. Obama said he chose Ghana to highlight a country that is governed effectively, where leadership is accountable to the people and institutions are stronger than any one person.

Freedom House calls upon government-controlled media in China to stop contributing to the tensions fueling deadly clashes between minority Uighurs and the ruling Han Chinese.

A new Freedom House website examines the human rights and democracy promotion work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with a special emphasis on Kazakhstan’s upcoming chairmanship of the international body.

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