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Freedom House welcomes the Government of Mexico’s latest step to protect journalists and human rights defenders. On November 12, the government appointed a board to oversee the Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, which will help ensure adequate protection against attacks to freedom of expression nationwide.

The National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House present the following statement of international concern to bring attention to the rapidly deteriorating situation inside Russia and to demonstrate widespread support for Russian civil society.

In the following letter, Freedom House and other key human rights groups express concern to President Barack Obama about the possibility that the administration will soon relax the import ban on Burma before proper safeguards are in place.

In the past six months Vladimir Putin has introduced laws to silence the voices of protest that have risen from the Russian public, stressed Susan Corke, Freedom House director of Eurasia Programs, in her November 15 testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on human rights in Russia.

Repressive regimes are increasingly resorting to anti-extremism laws to crack down on political dissidents and minorities, said participants at a roundtable on Anti-Extremism Laws in Russia, Pakistan, China, and Tajikistan hosted by Freedom House and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Projects to monitor internet censorship in Myanmar and to create a secure connection to the internet in Syria were selected as the winners of Freedom House's IGF Incubator Challenge, an international competition for new internet freedom initiatives.

Susan Corke testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the current climate for human rights in Russia.

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