A certain group of countries want greater control over how the internet is run globally. As it turns out, they tend to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to censoring the web and arresting users for their online activities.
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.