Freedom House is alarmed by Swaziland’s crackdown against labor advocates and the arrest of former South African Cabinet Minister Jay Naidoo. Freedom House condemns this blatant violation of basic rights and calls on the government of Swaziland to respect the rights to freedom of assembly and association as enshrined in the 2005 constitution, and to end its sustained repression pro-democracy voices that has continued for over two years since a violent crackdown by authorities in April 2011.
Freedom House strongly condemns the passage of a motion by Kenyan MPs to withdraw their country from the International Criminal Court, and calls upon the Kenyan Parliament to adhere to international standards regarding the investigation and trial of those accused of grave human rights violations.
However, seemingly hamstrung by its limited competencies in this area and preoccupied by the economic crisis, Brussels has been hesitant in its reaction to apparent democratic backsliding. Sooner or later the European Union will be forced to take a firmer stance on the protection of democratic institutions within its member states. Click here to read Sylvana Habdank-Kolaczkowska and Zselyke Csaky's op-ed for the EU Observer.
Freedom House applauds the recent decision by the Botswana Courts to protect the right of women to inherit property. This decision is a victory for human rights and women’s rights advocates and sets an important legal precedent for the advancement of women’s eqaulity throughout the region.
Freedom House joins the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and key Liberian human rights organizations in condemning the arrest and prolonged detention of Rodney Sieh, the managing editor and publisher of newspaper FrontPage Africa. Mr. Sieh remains hospitalized after he began a hunger strike protesting his imprisonment.
Freedom House calls on Iranian authorities to immediately release imprisoned Iranian cyber activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki on extended medical leave and allow him to seek medical attention from doctors that are not affiliated with the government.