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Freedom House condemns today’s decision to postpone the August 7 trial for three Vietnamese bloggers. This is the third time the court has delayed the trial, which stems from charges widely considered to be punishment for their criticism of the government. Freedom House calls for the Vietnamese government to drop all charges against the three bloggers and ensure their immediate release.

On the one-year anniversary of the arrest of prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, Freedom House reiterates its call for his immediate release, as well as the release of other political prisoners in Belarus.

By: S. Adam Cardais, Guest Blogger

On July 25, 2011, Kosovo police deployed north from Pristina and over the Ibar River to commandeer two checkpoints at the Serbian border in connection with a customs dispute with Belgrade. But the dispute was just a pretext. Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo was after much more: authority over the northern, Serb-majority portion of his country, where Pristina has had little control since the end of the 1998–99 conflict.

Freedom House strongly denounces the death of 12 individuals in Nyala, South Darfur, following the firing of live ammunition and tear gas into mass public protests by the Sudanese police and National Intelligence and Security Service.  The Government of Sudan must halt its crackdown on the Sudanese people’s right to peacefully protest and exercise their right to freedom of assembly, association, and expression.

More than a dozen of the nation’s leading human rights organizations and experts released a policy paper on 10 human rights priorities for the next administration. This paper serves as a roadmap to navigate increasingly complex foreign policy issues and strengthen the United States’ position as a global leader in human rights.

- Broad group of human rights leaders calls for renewed U.S. leadership on human rights -

A policy paper released today by a coalition of 22 prominent human rights organizations and individuals identifies 10 of the most significant human rights challenges facing the next American president and strongly urges that these issues be given top priority in the next administration.

Freedom House is deeply troubled by the recent spate of sectarian violence between Egypt’s Muslim majority and Coptic Christian minority.