"All the nameless prisoners of conscience in Iran want is to stand up for their rights without being threatened,” stated Leila Milani at an event hosted by Freedom House to discuss her translation of Jila Baniyaghoob's book Women of Evin: Ward 209.
What can democratic countries do to counter recent anti-democratic trends? Joshua Kurlantzick, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, tackled these questions at a discussion hosted by Freedom House on his new book, Democracy in Retreat.
Nearly four years after the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (KJRC) was set up to investigate gross violations of human rights, the Commission released its report on Tuesday, May 21, and delivered it to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Freedom House welcomes the comprehensive report and strongly urges the government of Kenya to immediately take steps to implement its recommendations.
Freedom House condemns the homophobic and transphobic attacks against peaceful participants in the May 17th event commemorating the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in Tibilisi, Georgia, and is deeply concerned by the lack of appropriate response from law enforcement and relevant government officials to hold the perpetrators accountable.
More than half of the countries in the Americas saw a sharp decline in their press freedom status due to repression and increasing violence against journalists, according to the findings of Freedom of the Press 2013. Freedom House and the Metropolitan University of Honduras in Tegucigalpa hosted a discussion on May 22 to examine the increasingly restrictive media environment in Latin America in light of the recently released report.
This week’s announcement that the Guardian Council had disqualified Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as a candidate in the June 14 presidential election is an especially pointed reminder of the unique and uniquely preposterous election system devised by the Islamic Republic’s leaders to ensure their hold on power.
Prior to the Tunisian Revolution, Tunisia was regarded as one of the most progressive countries in the Arabic world for women’s rights. With a new constitution being drafted, how will the rising influence of political Islam affect the rights and roles of women in Tunisian society? Join Freedom House for a roundtable discussion on this vital topic with Tunisian activist and researcher Dr. Kedija Arfaoui. To RSVP for this event, click here.
The raid of several private media outlets by Ugandan police is an unacceptable attack on press freedom, which is protected by the nation’s constitution, and is a clear attempt by authorities to restrict criticism of the president or members of his government. Freedom House calls on Ugandan authorities to allow the media organizations to reopen and to conduct their work without interference.