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February 14, 2014, marks the third anniversary of large public demonstrations calling for democratic reforms in Bahrain, which the monarchy met with excessive force and thousands of arrests.

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Robert Herman delivered remarks at an event on Capitol Hill commemorating the third anniversary of the Pearl Revolution in Bahrain.

In the following letter, key members of Congress urge the Administration to take action to secure the release of journalists in Egypt, and call for an end to the crackdown on the media in the country.

Freedom House is pleased to announce the election of Kenneth I. Juster as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees. Juster succeeds William H. Taft, IV, who served as Chair from 2008-2013.

In the following letter, Freedom House joins prominent rights organizations in expressing its concern at the Czech president's upcoming meeting with Uzbekistan's president Islam Karimov, given the repressive nature of Uzbekistan's government.

Turkey has a history of violating internet freedom, and abuses of media freedom in general are rising sharply. But if President Abdullah Gül signs the restrictive internet bill adopted by the parliament last week, he will take the country into uncharted territory.