Freedom House honors the work of courageous individuals from 18 transnational human rights defenders networks, who participated in a four-day conference hosted by Freedom House to strengthen collaboration and share best practices.
Freedom House urges Armenian authorities to conduct an immediate, independent investigation into a mob attack against the offices of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (HCA), a leading human rights organization, and the failure of police forces to calm the crowd or intervene when the situation began to turn violent.
Freedom House deplores the brutal attack on Lukpan Akmedyarov, a prominent Kazakhstani journalist known for his outspoken criticism of local and national authorities, and urges the government of Kazakhstan to swiftly and thoroughly investigate the attack and bring all involved to justice.
Freedom House congratulates Azerbaijani investigative journalist and press freedom advocate Eynulla Fatullayev, winner of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize, for his efforts to promote freedom of expression in one of a world’s most hostile media environments.
The brutal beating of award-winning Azerbaijani journalist, Idrak Abbasov, by the security services of state-owned company, SOCAR, is an unacceptable attack on press freedom in Azerbaijan and should be properly investigated and prosecuted.