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U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell addressed Freedom House staff and other guests at a State Department reception March 11, following a Freedom House conference on the world's most repressive societies.
A Freedom House study released today finds that pervasive corruption and weak judicial systems are major impediments to the development of democracy in transitional societies.
Some of the world's greatest human rights violators sit on UN Human Rights Commission
Tomorrow, March 18, 2004, marks the one-year anniversary of the Cuban government's crackdown on peaceful democracy advocates.
The first ever meeting yesterday between representatives of Uzbekistan's government and members of civil society to discuss human rights abuses is a welcome development, Freedom House said today. The government should continue engaging human rights defenders, the organization said.
The democratic member states of the United Nations should use the just convened session of the UN Commission on Human Rights to create a permanent democracy caucus at the world body, a group of eminent persons from 28 countries urged in a statement released today.
Haiti in 2003 saw no progress in stemming the absolute decline in political and economic conditions.


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