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The latest from Freedom House:

Freedom House congratulates Ales Bialiatski on receiving the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

A coalition of internet companies and free speech advocates calls on leaders in the U.S. Senate and House to support two bills that increase transparency around government surveillance of the internet.


Freedom House condemns the prison sentences handed down to ten activists in Burma’s Rakhine state on September 26 for participating in a peaceful protest. The ten should be released immediately and the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law, under which they were jailed, should be amended to comply with international human rights standards.

Freedom House is concerned by a new report detailing the continuation of exploitative and deadly conditions imposed on foreign workers in Qatar.  The Guardian newspaper published claims that at least 44 foreign workers have died due to poor work conditions in the past three months alone.  In a country where civil liberties and political rights are severely restricted for residents and citizens alike, foreign workers face especially repressive conditions.

Freedom House welcomes President Hassan Rouhani’s commitment in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 24 “to promote and reinforce tolerance,” and his desire to bring about a “world against violence and extremism.” But Iran must demonstrate this commitment through more than rhetoric.

Freedom House strongly condemns the arbitrary arrests and use of force by the Sudanese government against demonstrators, and is deeply concerned about a further decline in the already vulnerable state of fundamental freedoms in Sudan.

Freedom House is seriously concerned by a September 23 Egyptian court ruling that banned activities of the Muslim Brotherhood. The ruling, which can be appealed and which the government has not yet implemented, ordered the seizure of the assets of the Brotherhood’s network of charitable activities and social services, which was registered as a non-governmental organization, effectively shutting it down.