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Montenegro's declaration of independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro is now a fact.

Despite massive local and international protest, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev yesterday signed into effect restrictive amendments to the country's media law that will greatly threaten freedom of expression and freedom of the press in the country.
In the only nationwide survey conducted in Kuwait on the eve of the elections, results show that most Kuwaitis will vote based on candidates' political platforms rather than gender.
Members of the Board of Trustees of Freedom House today sent a letter to President Bush urging him to bring U.S. policies on interrogation and detention into compliance with U.S. and international law.

Should the world's major democracies speak out loudly to express concern over the consolidation of autocracy in Russia?

In commemoration of World Refugee Day, Freedom House pays tribute to the world's 19 million refugees and urges the United States to continue to welcome those seeking haven from oppression, natural disaster, and war.
A coalition of NGOs, including Freedom House, wrote Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ask the United States to speak at the high level segment of the UN Human Rights Council.