Freedom House welcomes the release from prison of human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Union in 2012, and fourteen other prominent political prisoners in Iran.
Freedom House deplores the provocative attempt to disrupt a screening of a fim about human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, and calls on the government of Kyrgyzstan and the international community to condemn attempts at stifling free speech through violence.
Freedom House has compiled the following questions for Anne Patterson, most recently the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, who has been nominated to serve as the next U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. Her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled for Thursday, September 19.
Freedom House is concerned by reports that Khalil Marzouq, a former lawmaker and leading member of Al Wefaq, the main political opposition party in Bahrain, has been arrested and charged with inciting “terrorist crimes,” allegedly in response to a speech he gave last week, and is expected to be held in custody for 30 days pending further investigation
While most Tea Party commentary zeroes in on the threat of an oppressive statism here at home, the movement’s sweeping—and warped—interpretation of domestic developments has its complement in a badly distorted perspective on international affairs.
A new Freedom House report, Swaziland: A Failed Feudal State, documents the damage done to the lives of ordinary Swazis, the economy, and the state institutions through a combination of the royal family’s greed and the monarch’s insistence on putting himself above the law.