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Sep. 5, 2014 | Press Releases

HRF Calls for the Immediate Release of Two Prominent Oslo Freedom Forum Speakers

NEW YORK (September 5, 2014) – The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the arbitrary arrests of Maryam al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), and Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, president of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), and calls on the governments of Bahrain and Burundi to release them immediately. Al-Khawaja was detained last week by Bahraini authorities as she arrived to the island kingdom to visit her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a political prisoner currently in critical condition on hunger strike. Mbonimpa was jailed in May as part of a pre-election crackdown after criticizing Burundi’s ruling party on a radio program.

Sep. 4, 2014 | Press Releases

Ecuador: HRF Condemns Systematic Restrictions on Press Freedom

NEW YORK (September 4, 2014) – The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the systematic attacks on press freedom and the climate of self-censorship in which independent media operates as a result of government actions in Ecuador. The Organic Law of Communications (LOC), enacted in June 2013, restricts the type of information that can be broadcast and published by the media. The enactment of the LOC—combined with the introduction of government institutions with the legal authority to monitor, intervene, control, and impose penalties on media—has led to more than 100 legal proceedings against journalists, the shutdown of the print edition of at least four newspapers, and a looming threat to other media outlets that they must follow the rules or close their doors.

Sep. 2, 2014 | Press Releases

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Yoani Sánchez, Jeffrey Wright to Headline Rescheduled 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum

OSLO (September 2, 2014)— Russian former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, American actor Jeffrey Wright, Ukrainian pro-democracy activist Yulia Marushevska, and iconic Turkish protestor Erdem Gunduz will join 25 other remarkable speakers at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF), taking place October 20-22 in Norway. Organized by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), the sixth annual OFF will bring together a diverse and global audience to share experiences and discuss how to best promote free and open societies.

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