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Freedom House strongly urges the Kenyan government to adhere to internationally recognized norms and its own stated democratic ideals and allow a broad coalition of civil society organizations to hold a planned peaceful demonstration in Nairobi on November 19.

More than 100 days after he stole his latest reelection, it is safe to say that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has gotten away with the crime. Other leaders in the region may be studying his methods, which makes it all the more important for democracy advocates to do the same.

Ecuador’s government is preparing to move forward with an oil-drilling project that will disrupt the life of indigenous tribes and damage the country’s—and the world’s—ecological patrimony. Although a significant number of Ecuadorians oppose the decision, the administration’s repressive policies toward the media and civil society are preventing an open debate.

Freedom House has received a grant of $100,000 from the Ford Foundation for the Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund, a Freedom House-led international consortium that provides emergency assistance and advocacy support to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat.

Here are seven key countries (listed in alphabetical order) that have demonstrated little or no respect for human rights and should be opposed in their bids for seats on the Un Human Rights Council.

Thirty-seven organizations submitted a joint letter to President Barack Obama calling on the US Administration to update the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list with respect to Burma and implement unambiguous criteria for removing and adding persons to the list. This list maintained by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designates individuals and companies barred from having financial ties with the U.S.