Freedom House condemns the harsh sentence imposed today on political activist Konstantin Lebedev by a Russian court for allegedly organizing civil unrest during the May 6, 2012 protests in Moscow. Lebedev, a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a penal colony. He was arrested in October 2012 after a pro-government documentary alleged that he was paid by a Georgian parliamentarian to recruit, train, and coordinate activists for the May 6 events.
Overlooked amid the focus on the Boston bombings and the suspects’ links to Russia is the latest example of the systematic abuse of human rights under Vladimir Putin. Read David J. Kramer's Washington Post op-ed.
Freedom House exhorta al gobierno del Estado de Coahuila y a las instancias federales de procuración de justicia, a que se investiguen con prontitud y eficacia la muerte del fotógrafo del diario Vanguardia.
International and Mexican civil society organizations congratulate and welcome the passage of the proposed laws that will empower federal authorities to federalize crimes committed against journalists and the media.