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Tymoshenko’s prosecution and imprisonment, criticized widely in the West, exemplify Yanukovych’s use of selective justice against his political opponents and the corruption of the legal system. His willingness to play a game of chicken with the European Union—hoping it will back down on its demand that she be freed as a precondition for signing the agreements at next month’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, because Ukraine is “too important” to leave to Russia’s sphere of influence—reflects his determination to place his political fortunes above the interests of his country. Click here to read David J. Kramer's op-ed for The American Interest.


Forbes
magazine this week ranked Vladimir Putin number one on its list of the world’s most powerful people. Here are a few of the many reasons why this designation is misplaced.

Freedom House has joined the growing chorus in opposition to Zambia’s repressive NGO legislation. Through a petition letter coordinated by Civicus, Freedom House and 111 other organizations from 46 countries call on the government of Zambia to stop implementation of the new law, a measure that limits freedom of association.


Freedom House welcomes the release of Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari, who was imprisoned following Tweets he posted in February 2012, recounting an imaginary conversation with the Prophet Mohammed, and viewed as blasphemous by authorities. The fact that Kashgari was imprisoned demonstrates the abusive power of blasphemy laws, and Freedom House remains concerned with the climate for free expression Saudi Arabia.

Freedom House strongly condemns the recent execution of two Kurdish political prisoners and 16 Baloch prisoners in Iran.

In the days since the United States announced a partial cutoff of military aid to Egypt based on human rights concerns, foreign policy experts and commentators have been asking what it all means. Is it a wrongheaded blunder? Too little, too late? Is the United States losing Egypt?

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