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Select images from Freedom House’s Second Annual Photo Contest Finals, Images of Repression and Freedom. 

IMAGE CREDITS (In order of appearance in slideshow)
1. These two children symbolize what Tibet is going through: their struggle, their fight, their will to remain Tibetan above everything. Silence should not be a choice.

Photo Credit: Mercedes Noriega
Location: Lake Namtso, Tibet
Date: August 2005

2. An anti-government protestor is shrouded by a cloud of toxic gas shot by Bahraini riot police. Authorities in Bahrain regularly quash protests in support of human rights and democracy with tear gas and other crowd control methods.

Photo Credit: Ahmed Al-Fardan
Location: Bahrain
Date: July 24, 2012

3. Young Tibetan monks enjoy religious freedom (and bubble gum) in India. Here four novices wait alongside dozens of others for the arrival of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa at Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya.

Photo Credit: Justin Whitaker
Location: Bodh Gaya, India
Date: November 19, 2010

4. Here, the face is partly drawn to resemble the map of Iran and the chosen colors mirror those of the nation’s flag, with the nose subtly mimicking the Islamic symbol of Allah at its center. The drawing is concerned with the theme of repression, and in particular the position of the common female Iranian. The thread of the sewn together lips unravels to read “freedom” – carrying an undertone of defiance.

Date: February 27, 2013
Location: Ireland

5. An activist wearing a Guy Fawkes mask rests during the “day of global revolution” protest organized by Group 99% during the presidential election in Serbia.

Photo Credit: Marko Rupena
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Date: May 12, 2012

6. A young Burmese migrant finds a pair of shorts in the pile of rubbish at the dumpsite where he lives. Many Burmese cross the border illegally over to Mae Sot, Thailand to escape the hardship and persecution in Burma. However, their status as undocumented migrants leaves them with little chance, if any, for accommodation and employment. Some hundreds of Burmese migrants live by the garbage dumpsite where they scavenge for reusable items and sometimes food.

Photo Credit: Bernice Wong
Location: Mae Sot, Thailand
Date: November 8, 2011

7. Technique: Oil color on paper

Credit: Amjad Wardeh
Date: December 23, 2011

8. Graphic Art

This scene was painted to depict a purposefully ambiguous place that exists in almost every repressive regime, but that is rarely brought to an audience. It features either three figures or one figure in motion, hooded to symbolize the anonymity of those who are often killed under such circumstances. The pose is meant to humanize the figure contrasted against the background into which the millions of anonymous victims fade.

Credit: Samuel Feigenbaum
Location: U.S.A.
Date: February 25, 2013

9. The photo was taken during the “March of Millions” demonstration on September 15, 2012. Thousands of people demonstrated for fair elections, against the persecution of protestors, and in support of policies in accordance with human rights. Although the Moscow authorities had sanctioned the march through the city, several people were arrested.

Photo Credit: Ute Weinmann
Location: Moscow, Russia
Date: September 15, 2012

10. A child smokes the tobacco he and his fellow workers manufacture as child-laborers in the bidi (tobacco) industry in West Bengal, India.

Photo Credit: Sucheta Das
Location: West Bengal, India
Date: 2010

11. Women lead the march to El Ethadia, the presidential palace, on the second anniversary of the revolution in Egypt.

Photo Credit: Basma Fathy
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Date: January 26, 2013

12. Despite some recent positive steps, there continue to be serious concerns about human rights violations in Pakistan, including absence of rule of law, allegations of torture, threats to freedom of religion, the lack of free and fair elections, and a sharp decline in women’s rights.

Photo Credit: Fazal ul Haq
Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Date: December 10, 2011


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