Freedom House urges the European Union to give civil society a meaningful role in developing the Eastern Partnership, a new initiative aimed at strengthening ties with six former Soviet Republics. The partnership is expected to be announced tomorrow in Prague at a summit of high-level representatives from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Freedom House and UN Watch strongly urge United Nations members to block seven countries from obtaining seats on the Human Rights Council, including three countries that are among the world's most repressive regimes.
Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, according to Freedom House's annual media study. The rollback was not confined to traditionally authoritarian states; with Israel, Italy and Hong Kong slipping from the study's Free category to Partly Free status.
Freedom of the Press, Freedom House's annual assessment of media freedom in 195 countries and territories, will be formally released on Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. EST in advance of World Press Freedom Day.
The agreement that created Zimbabwe's national unity government was an imperfect but necessary compromise to keep the country from becoming "another Somalia," said Tendai Biti, the country's new finance minister.
Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti will provide an inside look at how the country's new national unity government aims to address the country's significant challenges at an event in Washington on Monday, April 27.
Eight human rights groups and a prominent Russian activist are urging Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to ensure that business executives Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev receive a fair second trial that upholds their human rights.