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The Egyptian government's case against pro-democracy NGOs, ending in the conviction of 43 people on June 4 last year, was intended as a warning that such activism would not be tolerated by the remnants of the Mubarak regime, which were intent on a comeback. That comeback is in full swing now.

Freedom House in partnership with Search for Common Ground hosted a roundtable in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire June 2-3 on transitional justice, security sector reform, social cohesion and reconciliation.

25 years after the Tiananmen Square movement, Freedom House supports and speaks out on behalf of those who continue to struggle for human rights in China. Join us in the struggle to promote freedom in China.

As Swaziland’s Chief Justice continues to undermine the judicial process by threatening judges who oppose him with arrest, Freedom House joins key organizations and individuals in calling on King Mswati III to implement substantial reforms in an effort to guarantee freedom of expression and a return to the rule of law.


In this issue:  Security clampdown in Beijing, detentions expand ahead of June 4, and foreign web services face more intense blocking.

In the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, military crackdown on student-led prodemocracy protests in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party’s multifaceted censorship apparatus has gone into overdrive to limit discussion of the events of that day and the following weeks.

Such incidents only serve to create a chilling effect on free expression and the exchange of ideas in Zambia, at a time when open debate on issues such as the constitution-making process and the health of the economy are critically important.