Together with many others in Europe and the United States concerned about events in Ukraine, Freedom House President David J. Kramer played a role in writing and gaining support for the the following open letter.
We express our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the four-day siege of the school in Beslan in North Ossetia, which began September 1, 2004. Freedom House, however, remains concerned by the Russian Federation’s refusal to conduct a forthright, transparent investigation of the events that led to 334 deaths, including 186 children.
Bahrain’s arrest of Maryam al-Khawaja and the continued repression of the country’s Shi'a majority show the government’s intolerance of peaceful political protests and efforts to bring about greater political openness.
In a meeting with Freedom House President David Kramer and Trustee Diana Negroponte, Mexican Secretary of the Interior Osorio Chong highlighted Freedom House’s critical role in supporting the Mexican government’s Federal Protection Mechanism for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders and expressed eagerness to continue collaborating with Freedom House.