Freedom House joined other prominent human rights groups in launching a campaign to raise awareness about ongoing rights abuses in Bahrain in advance of the country hosting the upcoming Formula One Grand Prix. The campaign calls on drivers in the upcoming Formula One race to pledge their support for a free and just Bahrain by calling attention to rights abuses in the country and the need for reform. To help raise awareness about the campaign on Twitter, use hashtags #ReformsF1rst and #F1.
As internet access spreads around the world and more countries consider ways to regulate users’ online activities, the United States has a responsibility to set an example by enacting legislation that combats online security threats while protecting individual privacy. Unfortunately, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is scheduled to undergo markup this week by the House Intelligence Committee, fails to strike this balance, and threatens to set a negative example for other countries looking to adopt similar laws.
Freedom House welcomes the pardon of several former government officials in Ukraine, most prominently Yuriy Lutsenko, a Minister of Interior under former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and former Minister of Ecology and Environment, Heorhiy Filipchuk. It calls on President Viktor Yanukovych to take similar action on Tymoshenko.
Freedom House sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to consider candidates with strong human rights backgrounds when he makes appointments to senior positions at the State Department.
Freedom House is concerned for the safety of Cameroonian human rights defender, Maximilienne Ngo Mbe, after she has received numerous threats to her life and the lives of her family. Freedom House calls on Cameroonian authorities to protect Ms. Ngo Mbe and denounces this harassment.