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The following are suggested questions for Robert Francis Cekuta, the nominee for U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take place on Wednesday, September 17.

We are concerned at the continuing detention of human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who was arrested on August 30 2014, and we call for her immediate and unconditional release.

The sedition charge against Outsa Mokone and his September 8 arrest make it increasingly clear that freedom of expression is under attack in Botswana, as the government tries to silence journalists.



Southern Africa’s peacekeeping mechanism has proven to be quite effective at maintaining stability, most recently in Lesotho, but it has ignored the real causes of conflict and failed to hold leaders to account for their undemocratic actions.

The Colombian government’s decision to hand over two activists to the Venezuelan authorities, despite the clear threat posed to their safety, marks a blatant violation of Colombia’s commitments under Article 22.8 of the American Convention on Human Rights.

In light of Vietnam's crackdown against civil society, including the recent sentencing of three prominent activists to lengthy prison terms for advocating on behalf of peasants losing their land, Freedom House calls on the U.S. government and the international community to press the Government of Vietnam to release the activists and meet its human rights obligations under the ICCPR.


The following are suggested questions for William V. Roebuck, the nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take place on Wednesday, September 10.

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