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The government of Venezuela should immediately end its violent attacks against demonstrators, invite the opposition to join an open dialogue to end the country’s political crisis, and seek help from the international community in defusing the tensions, Freedom House said.

Key foreign policy figures, including representatives from Freedom House, call on President Barack Obama to confront Turkey on its poor human rights record.

Solicitan muy respetuosamente a la Organización que usted preside, la instauración de una Misión de Buenos Oficios en Venezuela, concertada a través de una mesa de diálogo en la cual se llame a presidir la misma al Premio Nobel de la Paz y Ex Presidente de Costa Rica Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez con el fin de conseguir la paz, evitar más derramamientos de sangre y lograr el restablecimiento de los derechos humanos de la ciudadanía venezolana.


A coalition of 14 human rights NGOs and networks strongly condemns this week’s decision by an appeal court upholding a 30-month prison sentence for Vietnamese human rights lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan.

Freedom House strongly condemns the escalating, deadly violence in Kyiv and the Ukrainian government’s warning that “all legal means” will be used to disperse protesters. Such developments are alarming signals that President Viktor Yanukovych has decided to escalate the three-month long crisis over demonstrators’ demands for closer ties to the West and greater democracy.

Freedom House urges President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda to reverse his announced plan to sign the Anti-Homosexuality bill passed by the Ugandan parliament, a measure that would allow punishment of up to life in prison for homosexuality.

Ethiopia’s renewed push for admission to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) should be closely scrutinized due to the limited role Ethiopia has granted to civil society and a hostile legal environment that minimizes meaningful debate, Freedom House and Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation said.