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The latest from Freedom House:

Freedom House condemns the decision by Myanmar authorities to re-imprison human rights defender and recently-released political prisoner, Nay Myo Zin and calls for immediate release of him and all remaining political prisoners. In addition, the Government of Myanmar should immediately remove the stipulations placed on all political prisoners freed under Article 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Freedom House is concerned about the widespread irregularities that have marred Malaysia’s general elections and urges the Election Commission of Malaysia to restore the public’s trust in its mandate by conducting a fair and transparent investigation.

This week, the Supreme Court of Belize will hear arguments challenging a constitutional provision which criminalizes homosexuality.  Freedom House joins Mr. Caleb Orozco, his colleagues from the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), and the LGBTI community in Belize in urging the court to strike down section 53 of the constitution, which carries a ten-year prison sentence for those convicted of engaging in homosexual behavior.  This law robs LGBTI people of their fundamental human rights and relegates them to second class citizens.

In the following letter, Freedom House, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Committee to Protect Journalists call on Secretary of State John Kerry to emphasize the importance of civil society in his upcoming visit to Russia.

China’s media environment remains one of the world’s most restrictive.  As described in Freedom House’s recently released report on the state of global press freedom for the year 2012, the Chinese government’s press restrictions were complex, intricate, ruthless when necessary, and flexible when it suited the leadership’s purposes. At the same time, these controls were subject to pushback from ordinary citizens outraged at the suppression of information about critical events.

Charles Dunne argues in a Washington Post op-ed that a strong U.S. commitment to Libya is essential to the country’s democratic progress.

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