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In the space of a few weeks in October, Vladimir Putin's Russia sent decisive signals to its population, to its neighbors, and to the world that the country is doing business in
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell should use his visit to Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco this week to urge the governments of those countries to take meaningful steps toward expanding democratic freedoms for their citizens, Freedom House said today.
Freedom House today protested ongoing harassment and intimidation of its staff in Uzbekistan by government authorities.
"Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East," President Bush said in a recent major speech, "did nothing to make us safe."
The first ever, independent printing press is set to open in Kyrgyzstan, representing potential improvement in freedom of expression in Central Asia, Freedom House said today.
"The results of the ballot did not come unexpectedly for us." So said Azerbaijan's president-elect, Ilham Aliyev, shortly after his victory in what international monitors termed
Freedom House welcomes the opening of the first-ever Regional Conference of the Community of Democracies for Central and Eastern Europe.