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Freedom House condemns new amendments to Sudan’s Armed Forces Act which will allow for civilians to be prosecuted in military courts for committing crimes against the “state’s security.” The amendments – which were passed on July 2, 2013 by the Sudanese Parliament but have yet to be signed by President Omar al-Bashir – would allow the government to further clamp down on civil society in Sudan. We urge President Bashir to send the amendments back to Parliament for revisions, as the current amendments fail to comply with Sudan’s international legal obligations.

The administration should view the present crisis in Egypt as an opportunity to rectify past mistakes and implement a new stance toward Egypt that better serves U.S. interests and the cause of Egyptian democracy. Read Charles Dunne's op-ed for U.S. News & World Report.

Click here to read Sanja Pesek's piece on transitional justice in Serbia.

Click here to read Sanja Pesek's piece for RECOM's "The Voice."

JLo's appearance in Turkmenistan not only legitimizes a corrupt and authoritarian regime, but damages her image as an artist who cares about human rights. Freedom House joins key rights groups in urging JLo to donate any fees received from playing the concert to charities working to improve the human rights' situation in the country. Click here to read our letter to JLo.

Freedom House condemns the violence outside the headquarters of the Egyptian Republican Guard in Cairo today and calls on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint.

After the Egyptian military’s July 3 removal of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency and suspension of the constitution, and amid mounting civil strife, Egypt’s democratic future hangs in the balance. U.S. policy toward post-Mubarak Egypt also faces a critical test.