• HRF to Turkey: Free Journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

    HRF to Turkey: Free Journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

    HRF calls for the immediate release of journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, and urges the government of Turkey to drop the arbitrary charges imposed on them. On November 26, Dündar, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, and Gül, the Ankara bureau chief, were arrested based on a criminal complaint filed against them by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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  • HRF Supports the First US Exhibit of Cuban Artist El Sexto

    HRF Supports the First US Exhibit of Cuban Artist El Sexto

    HRF is delighted to announce Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado Machado’s first art show in the United States. El Sexto, a Cuban graffiti artist and activist, will showcase his work in an exhibition entitled “PORK,” which will take place at Market Gallery in South Beach, Miami, from February 26 to March 16.
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  • Vietnam: HRF Urges Government to Release Human Rights Lawyer

    Vietnam: HRF Urges Government to Release Human Rights Lawyer

    HRF condemns the arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and his colleague Le Thu Ha, and calls on the Vietnamese government to release them immediately. Mr. Nguyen is a well-known advocate for democracy and human rights in Vietnam. On December 16, 2015, Mr. Nguyen and Ms. Le were arrested in their home and office in Hanoi, Vietnam, and have been charged with “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” They face up to 20 years in prison.
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  • HRF to Morocco: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Activists

    HRF to Morocco: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Activists

    “Over the past three years, Morocco has drastically increased its crackdown on free speech. Criticizing the absolutist monarchy continues to be forbidden by law and harshly punished, but now journalists who simply want to report on Morocco’s reality are increasingly targeted and subject to lengthy prison terms and heavy fines,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of HRF. “If Morocco were a genuine constitutional monarchy, citizen journalism wouldn’t be punished, corruption exposés would be welcomed, and these seven human rights activists wouldn’t be facing criminal charges,” added Halvorssen.
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  • Ecuador: HRF Condemns Cyber-Attacks Against Free Press Watchdog

    Ecuador: HRF Condemns Cyber-Attacks Against Free Press Watchdog

    HRF strongly condemns the multiple denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Fundamedios, Ecuador’s most prominent free press organization. The attacks come less than two months after an investigation revealed a large-scale hacking campaign against independent media and political opposition that — the evidence suggests — was sponsored by several South American governments, including President Rafael Correa’s.
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Feb. 11, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Turkey: Free Journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

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NEW YORK (February 11, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) calls for the immediate release of journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, and urges the government of Turkey to drop the arbitrary charges imposed on them. On November 26, Dündar, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, and Gül, the Ankara bureau chief, were arrested based on a criminal complaint filed against them by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The complaint stems from a report published in Cumhuriyet on May 29, 2015 with photos and video footage claiming that Turkey's National Intelligence Organization secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria. The two journalists are being held at the high-security Silivri prison west of Istanbul. They are currently awaiting trial and facing up to life in prison.  

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Feb. 10, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF Supports the First US Exhibit of Cuban Artist El Sexto

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NEW YORK (February 10, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is delighted to announce Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado Machado’s first art show in the United States. El Sexto, a Cuban graffiti artist and activist, will showcase his work in an exhibition entitled “PORK,” which will take place at Market Gallery in South Beach, Miami, from February 26 to March 16.

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Feb. 9, 2016 | Press Releases

Vietnam: HRF Urges Government to Release Human Rights Lawyer

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NEW YORK (February 9, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and his colleague Le Thu Ha, and calls on the Vietnamese government to release them immediately. Mr. Nguyen is a well-known advocate for democracy and human rights in Vietnam. On December 16, 2015, Mr. Nguyen and Ms. Le were arrested in their home and office in Hanoi, Vietnam, and have been charged with “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” They face up to 20 years in prison. 

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