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The World Health Organization denied Taiwanese journalists press passes to cover the World Health Assembly from May 21 - 26. 

Ahead of a constitutional referendum in Burundi that would extend presidential terms to seven years from five and allow President Pierre Nkurunziza – in power since 2005 – to serve two additional terms, Freedom House issued a statement.

Journalist Elena Milashina and Russian LGBT activist Igor Kochetkov, who together helped expose the widespread illegal torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, will receive the 2018 Freedom Award.

In response to civil society organizations’ strong opposition to a government proposal to draft legislation that would regulate their work – potentially imposing new registration requirements and extensive financial reporting – Freedom House issued a statement.

Just two years into a 20-year prison sentence, Azerbaijani political prizoner Abbas Huseynov reports suffering torture and receiving death threats. 

In response to the family of a secretly detained Chinese human rights lawyer, Yu Wensheng, releasing a video contradicting the government’s claim that the lawyer wants to dismiss his legal counsel, Freedom House released a statement.

Iranian authorities have begun disrupting access to Telegram, the country’s most popular social media platform of around 40 million monthly users. 

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