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Charter 97

May 11, 2012

by Daniel Calingaert

Western countries should limit access to the latest technological developments for dictators.  Read the full article here.

It is time for democratic regimes to take tangible steps in addressing restrictions on internet freedom around the world.

Freedom House applauds the approval of two landmark laws in Argentina and Chile this week, which protect and advance the rights of minorities, in particular Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and Freedom House today released an Open Letter to International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President René Fasel opposing plans to allow Belarus to host the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk.

For the second year in a row, Freedom House has received a generous donation from the Jyllands-Posten Fond to support Freedom of the Press, Freedom House’s annual analysis of global media independence. The Freedom of the Press project draws on the expertise of 50 analysts and experts in assessing the trends and trajectory of press freedom around the world. The assessment provides numerical ratings and analytical reports of media independence in 197 countries and territories.

Freedom House Vice President for Policy, Daniel Calingaert, called on democratic governments to take concrete steps to defend the rights of internet users at a May 10 event with the Chairs of the U.S. Senate and House Global Internet Freedom Caucuses.

A 14-year-old Moroccan girl who was forced to marry the man who raped and impregnated her is now gripped by a deep depression and has made several attempts at committing suicide, according to Spanish news agency EFE.