Freedom House strongly condemns a Russian court’s sentencing of seven political prisoners February 24 to prison terms of two-and-a-half to four years each in the Bolotnaya Square case, as well as the detention of more than 800 peaceful demonstrators gathered in their support over the last week outside the courthouse and the Kremlin.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, SB 1062, passed by legislators in Arizona and being considered for signature by Governor Jan Brewer, would allow certain businesses to refuse service to the LGBTI community based on religious beliefs. Freedom House urges Governor Brewer to veto the measure.
Freedom House joins other human rights organizations in condemning the discriminatory law Uganda president Yoweri Museveni signed February 24, imposing harsh penalties on those convicted of engaging in homosexual behavior – a measure infringing basic rights of Ugandans and creating a dangerous atmosphere of intolerance.
Freedom House condemns restrictions to freedom of expression that the Venezuelan government has imposed as a reaction to street protests, and calls on the government to allow all press to operate freely. Since students began public protests February 12, authorities have tightened press restrictions, including censorship of media, as well as detentions and violence against journalists.
Freedom House is deeply alarmed by the detention of more than 200 supporters gathered outside of Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky courthouse February 21 in support of eight Bolotnaya Square prisoners who were found guilty of assaulting police at a demonstration.