A coalition of nongovernmental organizations has called upon the foreign ministers from more than 100 democratic countries to establish a permanent democracy caucus at the United Nations. The foreign ministers will meet together for the first time this week at the world body, under the umbrella of the Community of Democracies.
Russian President Vladimir Putins proposals to strengthen government powers could further erode Russia's already fragile democracy and turn the country into an authoritarian state, warned Freedom House today.
The Mexican Government should immediately begin a full investigation into alleged incidents of torture by police during an international summit meeting in Mexico in May, Freedom House said today. The release this week of a special report examining the allegations is a welcome first step in preventing future acts of abuse.
While independent media in Iraq have enjoyed unprecedented growth since Saddam Hussein's downfall, ongoing violence and a largely unregulated media environment are blocking the path toward greater press freedom, according to a Freedom House report issued today.
Leaders of several non-governmental organizations today urged United Nations to oppose efforts by the government of Vietnam to sanction the Transnational Radical Party (TRP), an Italy-based nongovernmental organization accredited with the UN.