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Sep. 12, 2016 |

Why Is Atlantic Council Honoring the Dictator of Gabon?

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NEW YORK (September 12, 2016) — Next week the Atlantic Council, a Washington D.C.-based policy organization, will celebrate the dictator of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, by presenting him with a prestigious award previously bestowed on Robert DeNiro and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.

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Sep. 9, 2016 | Press Releases

Venezuela: HRF Condemns Imprisonment of Opposition Leader Over Picture-Taking Drone

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NEW YORK (September 9, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the arbitrary detention of Alejandro Puglia, a 25-year-old civil servant in the opposition-controlled National Assembly, after he brought a small commercial drone for aerial photography to a mass pro-democracy demonstration that took place in Caracas on September 1. This past Monday, a Venezuelan judge indicted Puglia for “favoring warfare” — an offense carrying a 10-year prison sentence — for allegedly violating a government-imposed ban on the use of drones to photograph public demonstrations. 

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Sep. 6, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to President Obama: Inquire into Disappearance of Activist in Laos

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NEW YORK (September 6, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urges President Barack Obama to demand a renewed investigation into the disappearance of civil society leader Sombath Somphone during his visit to Laos to attend the U.S.-ASEAN Summit. The first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos, President Obama arrived in Vientiane on Tuesday morning and met with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit. On August 25, HRF, along with 44 organizations and individuals, addressed a letter to President Obama asking that he pressure the government of Laos to investigate into Sombath’s disappearance and create a safe public domain for non-profit organizations and independent media. Sombath was abducted from a police checkpoint on December 15, 2012. Family members were later allowed access to CCTV footage that showed Sombath being abducted, but the government of Laos has maintained its lack of involvement in the abduction. 

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Sep. 1, 2016 |

Infografía: Represión en Venezuela

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La crisis de derechos humanos en Venezuela se ha convertido en una crisis humanitaria. La violencia y la impunidad crecen, los medios son censurados, hay miembros de la oposición democrática encarcelados, la corrupción está fuera de control, la escasez de comida y productos básicos es histórica, la gente se queda sin luz a diario, la hiperinflación ha destruido completamente la moneda nacional, y un régimen militarista se ha apoderado lentamente de todas las funciones de gobierno mientras sofoca a la sociedad civil. HRF ha producido un infográfico para ayudar a quien esté interesado en entender la situación actual de Venezuela. Favor difundir este mensaje.

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