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The parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan earlier this month took a familiar and disappointing shape.
By labelling the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan a "genocide," U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has raised the hopes of millions of traumatized Sudanese.
As citizens of the Euro-Atlantic community of democracies, we wish to express our sympathy and solidarity with the people of the Russian Federation in their struggle against terrorism.
Representatives of a number of major human rights organizations urge the UN to take further immediate steps to address the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Freedom House's annual global survey of political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World 2004, is now available on the Freedom House website.
A coalition of nongovernmental organizations has called upon the foreign ministers from more than 100 democratic countries to establish a permanent democracy caucus at the United Nations. The foreign ministers will meet together for the first time this week at the world body, under the umbrella of the Community of Democracies.
Russian President Vladimir Putins proposals to strengthen government powers could further erode Russia's already fragile democracy and turn the country into an authoritarian state, warned Freedom House today.