Freedom House congratulates the Maldivian people for their country's first democratic presidential election and urges the president-elect to quickly expand basic rights for all citizens, including freedom of speech, association and religion.
Freedom House applauds the European Parliament for awarding its top human rights prize to Chinese dissident Hu Jia, who was jailed this year as China cracked down on human rights campaigners ahead of the Olympics.
Freedom House is disturbed by preliminary assessments of the Azerbaijan election from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the U.S. State Department, which chose to emphasize moderate improvement in technical aspects of the vote rather than the authoritarian context in which it occurred.
The Southern African Development Community must break its silence and publicly condemn Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for provocative actions that have endangered a power-sharing agreement negotiated by SADC envoy Thabo Mbeki.
Freedom House is part of a new coalition seeking to safeguard freedom of speech and freedom of expression from an international campaign that aims to limit and in some cases criminalize criticism of religion.