In the face of new, sophisticated restrictions, frontline human rights activists are unprepared for the security challenges they face, while donors and international support groups struggle to collaborate effectively and protect and defend human rights, Freedom House concludes in a report issued today.
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Americas
Freedom House congratulates Mariclaire Acosta, director of its Mexico program, for being elected to Mexico’s Advisory Council of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). Her appointment by Mexico’s Senate reflects a lifetime of dedication to protecting the fundamental rights of all Mexicans.
Freedom House featured an interactive map installation at the October 20-22 Google Ideas summit Conflict in a Connected World to show the range of methods used by repressive governments to control online content. The installation highlighted various types of internet censorship, such as filtering, physical attacks, and throttling, used in twelve countries throughout the world.
Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Americas, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
On October 23, 2013, Mexico undergoes its Universal Periodic Review (UPR), as part of the 17th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UPR is a process developed in 2006 to review the human rights records of all U.N. member states and assess whether they are fulfilling their international human rights obligations and taking steps to address prior recommendations.
Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom, Rule of Law, United Nations
Freedom House works to improve efforts by both local activists and the Mexican government to prevent and respond to attacks to the press, and enhance the availability of emergency assistance for at-risk journalists and activists.