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The latest from Freedom House:

To :       Secretary Rice
From :    Thomas O. Melia
Re :       The Democracy Bureaucracy
Date :    June 1, 2006

George Field, a founder and long-time executive director of Freedom House, died May 26 at the age of 101.
The establishment of the new Human Rights Council, which will begin its first session on June 19, offers a rare opportunity to turn a new page in the international community's blemished record of addressing human rights abuses around the world.
Freedom House sent a letter today to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, urging the US government to immediately appoint a special representative to serve as an envoy to the recently established UN Human Rights Council.
Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom today released a report analyzing a set of Saudi Ministry of Education textbooks in use during the current academic year in Islamic studies courses for elementary and secondary students. The textbooks promote an ideology of hatred toward people, including Muslims, who do not subscribe to the Wahhabi sect of Islam.

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