The case of political prisoner Michel Thierry Atangana in Cameroon will reach a critical juncture tomorrow as the prosecution plans to rest its case with regards to new embezzlement charges against him. The hearing is an opportunity to withdraw the charges as opposed to handing the case over to the judges.
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.