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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.

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Haiti in 2003 saw no progress in stemming the absolute decline in political and economic conditions.
Moroccan participants in a recent study show broad, yet qualified, support for women's rights, revealing important insight into popular attitudes toward gender equality in a key Arab country.
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.
Law enforcement bodies in Kyrgyzstan must cease using torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading forms of punishment of accused offenders, Freedom House said today.
Freedom House mourns the passing of Dr. Slobodanka (Boba) Nedovic, founder and President of the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) in Belgrade, Serbia, on January 24.
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.
President-elect Mikheil Saakashvili's victory in the 4 January Georgian presidential election has transformed Georgia into a proving ground for democratization in the reform-sta

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