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The latest from Freedom House:

On October 23, 2013, Mexico undergoes  its Universal Periodic Review (UPR), as part of the 17th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UPR is a process developed in 2006 to review the human rights records of all U.N. member states and assess whether they are fulfilling their international human rights obligations and taking steps to address prior recommendations.

Chinese government media controls are increasingly constraining news outlets based outside China. This is the key finding of a report released today, authored by Freedom House research analyst Sarah Cook and published by the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy.

Freedom House is deeply disappointed by Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court’s decision to deny human rights activist Azimjan Askarov a new trial even though he was unlawfully detained and tortured.

Freedom House is concerned by United Nations General Assembly electing Saudi Arabia, Chad, and Nigeria as members of the United Nations Security Council.

A draft law under consideration by Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, would ban public protests that lacked advance permission from police, and give senior security and government officials the power to postpone or cancel demonstrations and protests, as well as impose "protest-free zones" at government buildings. Freedom House condemns this measure as an unwarranted infringement on freedoms of expression and association, without which true democracy is impossible.


Since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in May 2012, Russia has seen a flurry of restrictive new regulations regarding online freedom of expression, resulting in a score decline for the country in the latest edition of Freedom on the Net. However, even greater deterioration is likely in the coming year as the government continues to enact repressive laws and ramps up its surveillance capabilities ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the southern city of Sochi.

David J. Kramer speaks to CBS News about elections in Azerbaijan. Watch here.

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