In a new report, Investing in Freedom: Democracy Support in the U.S. Budget, Freedom House examines the President’s FY 2014 request for democracy and human rights activities and urges Congress to fully fund the international affairs budget to support the achievement of strategic U.S. foreign policy goals.
Freedom House condemns new amendments to Sudan’s Armed Forces Act which will allow for civilians to be prosecuted in military courts for committing crimes against the “state’s security.” The amendments – which were passed on July 2, 2013 by the Sudanese Parliament but have yet to be signed by President Omar al-Bashir – would allow the government to further clamp down on civil society in Sudan. We urge President Bashir to send the amendments back to Parliament for revisions, as the current amendments fail to comply with Sudan’s international legal obligations.
Freedom House condemns the arrest and calls for the immediate release of Louis Pasquale, director-general of the state broadcasting service in Western Bahr el Ghazal state of South Sudan, and director of state television, Ashab Khamis.
Freedom House welcomes South Sudan’s signing of the Geneva Conventions and their additional Protocols. With the addition of South Sudan, the Geneva Conventions now apply to every country in the world, an extremely important milestone for human rights worldwide.