The abduction today of Jestina Mukoko, one of Zimbabwe's most prominent human rights activists, appears to signal that Robert Mugabe's regime has renewed its campaign of violence against the country’s civil society.
The latest UN Third Committee resolution urging all countries to create legal and constitutional systems to prevent "incitement to religious hatred," strikes another blow to fundamental freedoms of expression and belief.
Friday's statement by the Kyrgyz Ministry of the Interior that the October 24, 2007 murder of journalist Alisher Saipov was not politically motivated raises serious questions regarding the integrity of the investigation process and sends a worrying signal to journalists in Kyrgyzstan.
A new report from Freedom House praises Sub-Saharan Africa for showing "impressive improvement" in freedom of association, a rare advance in a world that is increasingly restricting the activities of trade unions, non-governmental organizations and other sectors of civil society.
Freedom House strongly urges Nicaragua's electoral officials to conduct an impartial vote recount with international observers present to resolve the country's disputed local elections. The call came in a statement distributed at a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States on November 20.