February 29, 2012
Members of the Executive Board
The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO)
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
Cc: Director-General Irina Bokova
RE: UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences
Dear Executive Board Delegates,
Ms. Catherine Ashton
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Council of the European Union
Rue de la Loi 175
Dear Ms. Ashton:
The World Press Freedom Committee urgently calls your attention on a new attack on freedom of expression and of the press carried out by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa that could cost four members of that country’s independent news media three years in prison each and the payment of a total fine of US$40 million.
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union
The Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe
The Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament
The Ambassadors to the Organization of American States
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States
The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the OAS
The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the United Nations
The World Press Freedom Committee —an organization bringing together 45 press freedom groups from throughout the world— urges you to reject the three recommendations made by the government of Ecuador, which would gravely endanger or even eviscerate one of the most prestigious OAS institutions: the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
Washington, USA, July 18, 2011 — The World Press Freedom Committee of Freedom House (www.wpfc.org) —an organization bringing together 43 press freedom groups from throughout the world— denounces the unrelenting judicial harassment that for many years has been inflicted on the Paraguayan daily ABC Color, including the recent criminal defamation case against journalist Sandra López.
June 24, 2011
His Excellency Ilham Aliyev
Republic of Azerbaijan
19 Istiglaliyat St.
370066 Baku, Azerbaijan