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Christopher Walker, Vice President for Strategy and Analysis, testified on May 23 before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on elections and democratic development in the Caucasus.




May 22, 2012
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Sherif Mansour speaks to National Public Radio about Egypt's presidential election.

The shocking murder of yet another reporter in Mexico is an illustration of the critical need for journalist protections in Mexico. Freedom House calls again for immediate government action to prevent further violence against journalists.

The following is a letter calling on the Bahrain Royal Family to release jailed human rights defenders and netizens, including the founder and president of IFEX member Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. The signing organisations further call on the UN Human Rights Council, the European Parliament, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and all concerned governments to exert their influence on the ruling family to stop violating human rights in Bahrain:

Freedom House congratulates Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Belarusian human rights organization “Viasna,” for receiving the State Department’s prestigious Human Rights Defenders Award in recognition of his “exceptional valor and leadership” in promoting human rights and democracy.  Bialiatski shared the 2011 award with Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

After months of debate, a group of 20 politicians, scholars, journalists, and civic leaders gathered in Sarajevo last month to present its thoughts on where Bosnia and Herzegovina will be in 2025. The group, backed by Germany’s Friedrich Ebert Foundation, offered five scenarios to pique policymakers—not, it emphasized, to predict the future.

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (the IPGA), coordinated by ARTICLE 19, has launched its website and Facebook and Twitter profiles ahead of this week’s Eurovision Song Competition, which will commence in Baku, Azerbaijan  tomorrow, May 22.  Looking behind the glitz of Eurovision, the IPGA website examines the alarming freedom of expression situation in Azerbaijan, where journalists and others face blackmail, intimidation, violence, and imprisonment for expressing critical views.