Freedom House and seven other nongovernmental organizations issued a joint statement today condemning yesterday's attack on Russian human rights defender Lev Ponomarev and calling on leaders at the G20 meeting to press Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to find and prosecute those responsible.
Freedom House condemns the UN Human Rights Council for undermining the universal right to freedom of expression by once again passing a resolution that urges members to adopt laws outlawing criticism of religions.
Freedom House is pleased that Kyrgyzstan’s presidential administration and parliament withdrew a flawed draft law on non-governmental organizations, but is concerned that the government may soon introduce an amended version.
Freedom House strongly urges Arab League members meeting in Qatar this weekend to press indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to rescind a ban on international aid groups in Darfur and cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Freedom House calls for an independent inquiry into the death of Omidreza Mirsayafi, an Iranian blogger who had just begun serving a two-year prison sentence for posting comments on his blog about Iran's leaders.
Freedom House calls on the Cuban government to release all political prisoners, including 55 activists and independent journalists who were arrested in the Black Spring crackdown on this day six years ago.