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The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), consisting over 40 prominent human rights organizations and activists, today submitted a petition to the special procedures of the United Nation Human
Rights Council calling for the UN to help shut down North Korea’s vast gulag system.

An international delegation of press freedom organisations, led by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum, met today (3 April) with Serhii Liovochkin, Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, to discuss freedom of expression issues facing the country.

WAN-IFRA and representatives from Article 19, Freedom House, Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Ukraine Association of Press Publishers, met with Mr Liovochkin following two-days of meetings with newspapers, broadcasters and civil society organisations and conveyed their press freedom concerns.

Freedom House congratulates Freedom Award winner Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) for winning 43 of 44 parliamentary seats in Burma’s historic April 1 election. The contest marks a key moment in the government’s recent moves towards liberalization.

Freedom House condemns the raid and closing of the Dubai offices of several civil society organizations, including the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the German-based Konrad Adenauer Foundation, both of which promote democracy and human rights.  The organizations were raided by Dubai authorities and shut down with no explanation.

Police in the district of Lupane, Zimbabwe early this morning disrupted a training that was being conducted by a well-known and widely respected civic organization, the National Youth Development Trust (NYDT).

A workshop held on March 27 by SID’ADO (YOUTH AGAINST HIV/AIDS), a registered Cameroonian civic organization, focusing on human rights and sexual orientation was interrupted by demonstrators who declared that homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon and that the meeting would not take place. It was reported that Cameroonian officials actively joined the demonstrations  and effectively shut down the workshop despite having previously allowed the group to register the event.

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