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Freedom House, together with the Democracy Coalition Project and the Transnational Radical Party, sent a letter today to member countries of the Community of Democracies, urging them to elect only those countries that support and promote human rights to the UN Human Rights Council.
Freedom House noted with interest the just-released report, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2005 - 2006, issued by the Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. The report is an improvement over previous iterations, but it still lacks a sense of clear U.S. strategy towards the expansion of freedom around the world, Freedom House said today.
On March 29, 2006, President George W. Bush addressed assembled Freedom House Trustees, staff and supporters at the mid-point of a daylong conference convened by Freedom House on the state of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.
On Wednesday, March 29, 2006, Freedom House will host Africa at the Crossroads: Assessing Strategies for Democratic Reform, a conference examining the continent's democratic development and identifying strategies to assist with further political reform.
A coalition of leading American human rights and democracy promotion NGOs, including Freedom House, has appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to announce the United States' candidacy for a seat on the newly created UN Human Rights Council.
ENEMO's observation of Ukraine's pre-election period and Election Day on March 26 has shown significant improvements from the 2004 presidential elections, with Ukrainian voters able to exercise their right to vote freely.
An intensified government crackdown of opposition voices in Belarus over the past two weeks strongly demonstrates that Sunday's presidential elections will not be genuine, Freedom House said today.

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