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Twenty-six organizations submitted a detailed letter to President Obama expressing concern over U.S. companies avoiding making full disclosures on their investment activities in the reports submitted as a requirement for investors in Burma. The joint letter requested the U.S. Administration to take the necessary steps to establish a precedent of thorough and high-quality reporting by U.S. companies.

The U.S. government must take steps to establish a precedent of thorough and high-quailty reporting by U.S. companies when it comes to investment in Burma.

The fall of Hosni Mubarak raised hopes for a democratic transition in Egypt, but these hopes have been dashed by successive governments. Human rights abuses increased during the interim rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), persisted under the elected government of President Mohamed Morsi, and have continued since the military-backed government of Adly Mansour took power on July 3. In the past month, Egypt’s democratic institutions have suffered a significant decline, according to Freedom House’s Egypt Democracy Compass.

The fall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 raised expectations for a democratic transition in Egypt. However, over the past 30 months, severe human rights violations have continued, first under the interim military junta, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), and then under the presidency of Mohamed Morsi and his Freedom and Justice Party, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

President Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to Moscow is the right decision for many reasons, said Freedom House President David J. Kramer on the Brian Lehrer Show.

“I’ve never witnessed a more excited and empowered group of activists” than in Libya, stated Joyce Kasee, Program Officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace, at a discussion co-hosted by Freedom House, Atlantic Council, and Project on Middle East Democracy on the role of civil society in Libya’s transition.

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