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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.

What can people do to help imprisoned Belarusian human rights defenders? "Everyone should pose this question to him or herself, and relying on their own possibilities and abilities, do as much as possible to help and support," states Natallia Pinchuk, wife of imprisoned Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, in an interview with Freedom House.

What happens in the next few months may determine whether Tunisia becomes a functioning constitutional democracy or finds itself embroiled in escalating political confrontations driven by appeals to the street rather than the ballot box.

Freedom House condemns the passage of the Public Order Management Bill by Uganda’s Parliament on August 7, 2013, which gives the government of President Yoweri Museveni broad powers to restrict free speech, curtail freedom of assembly, and stifle political dissent.

Freedom House welcomes President Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to Moscow in early September for a bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


This week marks the second anniversary of the arrest of former Ukrainian prime minister Yuliya Tymoshenko. A polarizing personality, Tymoshenko was a key leader of the forces that took power after challenging the results of deeply flawed 2004 elections in what became known as the Orange Revolution. In the 2010 presidential election, she was narrowly defeated by Viktor Yanukovych, leader of the Party of Regions, whose earlier presidential bid had been thwarted by the Orange protests.

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