The latest from Freedom House:

Democracy and the rule of law are making slow and uneven progress in the Balkans, according to a new Freedom House report issued Friday at an international conference in Belgrade, Serbia.
Authorities in Kyrgyzstan continue to engage in serious human rights abuses, the latest violation occurring yesterday against eighteen peaceful demonstrators, Freedom House said today.
The beating by Cuban officials of a member of a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations in Geneva should be considered a criminal act for which the Cuban government must be censured, Freedom House said today.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell addressed Freedom House staff and other guests at a State Department reception March 11, following a Freedom House conference on the world's most repressive societies.
A Freedom House study released today finds that pervasive corruption and weak judicial systems are major impediments to the development of democracy in transitional societies.
Some of the world's greatest human rights violators sit on UN Human Rights Commission
Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq was the "Republic of Fear," to borrow the title of the seminal human-rights critique by Iraqi dissident and intellectual Kanan Makiya.