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Freedom House today released The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2006, its annual compilation of the most dictatorial regimes in the world, as the organization's executive director testified before Congress and called on the UN Human Rights Council to address abuses in these countries.
Freedom House Executive Director Jennifer Windsor testified today on the UN Human Rights Council before the House International Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Africa, Human Rights and Global Operations.
Freedom House today expressed serious concern over the sentence meted out against New York Times researcher Zhao Yan, who was imprisoned in China in an investigation concerning the alleged leaking of state secrets.
Freedom House expressed disappointment and concern about the August 9 decision of the Kyrgyz government to extradite five Uzbek citizens to Uzbekistan.
A new study finds that entrenched corruption remains a principal obstacle to democracy in transitional countries throughout the world. The study, Countries at the Crossroads 2006, was issued by Freedom House today.
Freedom House Deputy Director Thomas O. Melia testified today on the state of freedom in Russia for a hearing held by the Helsinki Commission.
Despite massive local and international protest, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev yesterday signed into effect restrictive amendments to the country's media law that will greatly threaten freedom of expression and freedom of the press in the country.


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