Freedom House and the Latin American Network for Democracy and Human Rights wrote an open letter to the Colombian government and leaders in the hemisphere calling for the inclusion of topics of democracy and human rights in their deliberations, and their inclusion in the agenda of subsequent summits. Nearly 150 activists and organizations from throughout the hemisphere signed the letter.
JURIST April 13, 2012 Viviana Giacaman and Elsa Peraldí of Freedom House argue that the proposed constitutional amendment to federalize crimes against journalists in Mexico is an important and timely step, but more must still be done.
Freedom House condemns an apparent attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau by military forces who seized control of state media and the ruling party’s headquarters on April 12. Soldiers arrested the country’s prime minister, Carlos Gomes Jr. and interim president, Raimundo Pereira, on April 13.
Freedom House is deeply concerned by the ongoing suppression of civil liberties in Swaziland, where a planned pro-democracy protest was preemptively dispersed on April 12 through arrests and intimidation by police and military forces.
Côte d’Ivoire was once a promising model of economic prosperity and stability for West Africa, but in the last decade alone it has fallen prey to two civil wars, untold human misery, and large-scale impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations. The complex problems currently besetting the country are linked to the failure of its leaders to both commit to and successfully foster genuine democratic principles and practices.
Freedom House is worried for the safety and well-being of Omani activist Ammar Al Mamari, a law student in Jordan, who was recently threatened with deportation if he does not stop his activism. If Al Mamari is forced to return to Oman, he will be unable to complete his studies and is likely to face formal charges.