Freedom House welcomes the passage of a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which calls for further investigation into the human rights atrocities committed during and after the civil war in Sri Lanka and urges the government of Sri Lanka to comply with the recommendations put forth in the resolution to help bring justice and reconciliation to its people after decades of suffering.
Freedom House is deeply concerned about the proposed cuts to the international affairs budget in the Republican “Path to Prosperity” budget plan. The budget proposal spearheaded by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) includes large cuts for both international diplomacy and development and would severely constrain America’s foreign assistance efforts.
Freedom House is shocked by the kidnapping, beating and brutal sexual assault of 16-year-old Ali al-Singace in Bahrain and calls for an immediate investigation into this heinous crime. Al-Singace is the nephew of prominent Bahraini activist Abduljalil al-Singace, who was convicted along with 14 other activists to life in prison.
On March 21, David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about human rights abuses in Russia. Our blog includes excerpts from his testimony at the hearing. The full testimony can be read here.
Freedom House condemns the arrests over the weekend of an estimated 80 Cuban dissidents, including the leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, and calls on the Cuban government to release those who remain in custody and to cease arbitrary detentions of nonviolent civic groups.