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ICYMI: Elliott Abrams on Iran and the Non-Aligned Movement
Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes on his “Pressure Points” blog about the visit of United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon for a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement. Abrams notes that 400 Iranian dissidents, activists and intellectuals signed a letter to the Secretary General, appealing for his intervention in Iran’s dismal human rights situation. But as Abrams notes, “Iran is a dictatorship where freedom of thought, press freedom, academic freedom, and free elections are non-existent. But we can be sure that these inconvenient facts will be ignored by the delegates gathered in Tehran.” Read the full post here. Watch Nima Rashedan discuss the role of international sanctions in promoting human rights in his Freedom Collection interview here.
This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection.
Chinese Prisoner’s Death Holds a Message for Americans and China
Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner died this week. His death holds a message for Americans and for China.
Release of Chinese Political Prisoner a Timely Reminder to Support Freedom Advocates Abroad
More than half the world’s population still lives in countries where basic political rights and civil liberties are only partly respected, if at all.
Bringing Freedom to the Forefront of 21st Century Politics
Global challenges like authoritarian capitalism, violent extremism, demographic pressures, and displaced populations have placed global freedom in decline.