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Freedom House strongly urges Gabon’s interim leadership to organize democratic elections to replace President Omar Bongo, who died Monday after leading the west-central African nation for 42 years.

Freedom House is concerned that the Chinese government plans to further restrict freedom of expression and enhance its online surveillance capability by requiring that new web blocking software be included with all personal computers sold in the country as of July 1.

Freedom House denounces the North Korean regime’s decision to sentence two American reporters to 12 years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and committing an unspecified “grave crime” and calls for their immediate release.

On the 20th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown and on a day when U.S. President Barack Obama said he seeks a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim world, a group of distinguished experts debated the findings of a new report on authoritarianism on Capitol Hill.

Freedom House applauds U.S. President Barack Obama for his remarks today in Cairo, in which he proclaimed that the fundamentals of democracy represent “human rights,” to which all people aspire, and stressed his administration’s commitment to support these universal values around the world.

A new report finds that five influential authoritarian states - China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and Pakistan - are actively undermining democracy within their borders and abroad.

Freedom House condemns the Chinese government’s latest effort to restrict freedom of expression by blocking websites such as Twitter, Flickr and Hotmail two days before the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

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