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EG Justice and other civil society organizations today credited UNESCO’s Executive Board for soundly rejecting a petition by the government of Equatorial Guinea to reinstate a prize funded by and named after its president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. In a decision on May 9, 2011, the Executive Board declined to consider a May 4 request by the Obiang government to reverse its prior decision and award the prize without delay.

Testimony by Andrew Apostolou, Director for Iran before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, May 11, 2011

As Uganda prepares to inaugurate Yoweri Museveni, its president of twenty-five years, to yet another term tomorrow, the human rights situation in Uganda grows increasingly grave.

Freedom House supports President Obama’s 2012 request for the international affairs budget and cautions against steep cuts to foreign assistance in Investing in Freedom: Analyzing the FY 2012 International Affairs Budget Request, a new report released on Thursday.

Freedom House condemns the brutal tactics employed by the government of Swaziland against the country’s peaceful pro-democracy movement and calls upon authorities to respect the constitutional rights of Swazi citizens to freedom of expression and assembly.