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Nina Shea, Director of Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom, testified today for the House International Relations Committee on the State Department's annual Human Rights Reports' coverage of religious freedom issues.

Director of Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom Nina Shea
House International Relations Committee; March 16, 2006

At the heart of the cartoon controversy is the right, now and in the future, of an independent and uncensored press - and artists and writers in other venues - to comment on the issues of the day without interference from the state or threat from discomfited or aggrieved groups.
Today, International Women's Day, is an opportune time to recognize the progress that has been made around the world in the sphere of women's rights. In far too many places around the world, however, women remain victims of serious human rights abuses, Freedom House said today.
The draft resolution to establish a United Nations Human Rights Council, presented recently by UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson, is more than a disappointment. Its adoption by the General Assembly will constitute an enormous missed opportunity for the international community - one that may not come again for many years.

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