Freedom House urges Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make human rights and democracy shortfalls in the Caucasus region the cornerstone topic in private meetings and in public statements during her upcoming visit to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
Freedom House welcomes Peru’s efforts to investigate the deaths that resulted from a recent anti-mining protest, but remains deeply concerned about the government’s use of state of emergency declarations as a way to restore order.
Freedom House welcomes the lapse of Egypt’s Emergency Law on May 31, and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ refusal to request its renewal by the People’s Assembly, the lower house of parliament. We hope this constitutes a step forward in the consolidation of Egypt’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.
Freedom House presented the Freedom of the Press 2012 survey on May 31st, at Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago, Chile. Viviana Giacaman, director for Latin America programs, discussed Freedom House’s concerns over the rapid deterioration of press freedom in the region.
Charles Taylor, one of West Africa’s most infamous political figures, was arrested and handed over to the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2006 to be tried for crimes committed during that country’s brutal civil war. Last month, after a trial that lasted almost five years, featured 115 witness testimonies, and cost approximately $250 million, the court found Taylor guilty of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, sexual slavery, and the conscription of child soldiers. The prosecution requested an 80-year prison sentence. Today, the former Liberian president was sentenced to 50 years, to be served in a British correctional facility. Taylor’s legal team is likely to appeal.