The first ever meeting yesterday between representatives of Uzbekistan's government and members of civil society to discuss human rights abuses is a welcome development, Freedom House said today. The government should continue engaging human rights defenders, the organization said.
The democratic member states of the United Nations should use the just convened session of the UN Commission on Human Rights to create a permanent democracy caucus at the world body, a group of eminent persons from 28 countries urged in a statement released today.
On the eve of Russian presidential elections, the government under President Vladimir Putin is sliding dangerously closer to authoritarianism and further undermining Russia's democratic consolidation, new Freedom House studies reveal.
During their meeting next week in Moscow, Secretary of State Colin Powell should express grave concern to President Vladimir Putin about the continuing erosion of democracy in Russia, Freedom House said today.