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Freedom House félicite Mr. Biram Dah Abeid, président et fondateur de l’organisation de droits de l’homme IRA-Mauritanie (Initiative pour la Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste), d’avoir remporté le Prix des Droits de l'Homme des Nations Unies 2013. Cette récompense prestigieuse est décernée tous les cinq ans à des individus exceptionnels qui luttent pour la promotion et la protection des droits de l’homme. Mr. Biram Dah Abeid partage l’honneur d’avoir reçu ce prix avec des personnalités remarquables, parmi lesquelles René Cassin, Taha Hussein, Benazir Bhutto, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr., et Nelson Mandela.

Freedom House congratulates Mr. Biram Dah Abeid, president and founder of human rights organization IRA-Mauritania (Initiative pour la Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste), on receiving the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, a prestigious award given every five years to exceptional individuals that promote and protect human rights. Mr. Dah Abeid shares the award with many other notable figures, including René Cassin, Taha Hussein, Benazir Bhutto, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela.

Freedom House condemns the Kenyan Parliament’s passage of a bill allowing broad government control of the country’s media, and urges President Uhuru Kenyatta to support the country’s vibrant independent media sector by vetoing the legislation.

With a lull in the mass shooting of protesters and the lifting of a state of emergency, the past month presented Egypt’s rulers with an opportunity to return to a democratic path. Instead, the interim authorities have sought to institutionalize their repressive tactics with a restrictive new assembly law and a largely unreformed draft constitution, effectively canceling out the modest gains registered in the latest edition of Freedom House’s Egypt Democracy Compass.

The Russian judiciary’s decision Dec. 3 to uphold laws openly discriminatory against LGBT people is new, alarming evidence that the courts are not protecting basic human rights, Freedom House said. Statutes banning "propaganda" of homosexuality among minors are helping create a hostile environment for LGBT people in Russia and are used to justify bans on public events and demonstrations.

Long after the end of the Kosovo conflict, survivors of gender-based violence associated with the war continue to face political and social obstacles in their struggle for justice.

Freedom House condemns the use of force by Ukrainian government forces over the weekend against journalists and protesters in Kyiv, in demonstrations that have been the largest the country has seen since the Orange Revolution in 2004. Freedom House calls on the government in particular as well as the opposition and civil society to avoid violence and the use of force.

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