Freedom House is deeply disturbed by the escalating violence in Egypt, with at least 149 reported dead and hundreds injured as a result of a crackdown by Egyptian security forces against supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Reprisals against Egyptian Christians are on the rise, and the violence seems likely to escalate unless all parties exercise restraint.
The recommendations by Bahrain's National Assembly to quash the August 14th protests and expand the legal justification for further suppression of political dissent constitute a serious new threat to human rights in Bahrain, particularly freedom of expression and assembly, and are a troubling development in a legal system that already has a substantial record of rights violations.
Caption: Bayard Rustin and Dr. Eugene Reed at Freedom House Photo Credit: Library of Congress
All who love liberty and equal rights should raise a glass in celebration of Bayard Rustin’s designation as a Medal of Freedom recipient.
U.S. President Barack Obama's decision Wednesday to cancel the planned bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin in early September was the right thing to do for many reasons. It also marked much-needed corrections in Obama's "reset" policy toward Russia. Click here to read David J. Kramer's Moscow Times op-ed.
Freedom House is deeply concerned by reports of mistreatment of Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank for allegedly throwing rocks at Israelis. Many of these children reportedly have been harshly interrogated and denied access to a lawyer. Such incidents have been on the upswing in recent months, according to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.
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.