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In a letter released today, nine leading human rights organizations urged President Obama to take up the Chinese government’s crackdown on civil society as a barrier to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 12, 2014.

The government of Zambia should ensure that presidential succession occurs in accordance with the constitution and that the election to choose President Sata’s successor is free, fair, and transparent.



With activists and journalists facing harsh new restrictions in countries from China to Egypt, there are growing signs that authoritarian regimes have begun to abandon the quasi-democratic camouflage that allowed them to survive and prosper in the post–Cold War world. 

Freedom House released the following statement in response to the thousands of demonstrators in the capital of Burkina Faso.



The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State includes several unsavory partners, but Freedom House data show that the group is, on average, better at upholding political rights and civil liberties than the world at large.

Under the Ukraine Media Watch project ("Мережа медіа-спостерігачів" in Ukrainian), Freedom House and IMI monitor freedom of the press and speech with a special focus on the impact of developments on the electoral environment.

In April, when you met with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden at the White House, he expressed support for Montenegro’s aspirations to join the European Union and NATO and emphasized the importance of strengthening democratic institutions, including a free press. However, since that meeting, violations of press freedom have continued unabated and have led to an increasingly threatening environment for independent media in Montenegro.

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