KRAKOW, Poland — Intolerant governments across the globe are "slowly
crushing" activist and advocacy groups that play an essential role in
the development of democracy, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton said Saturday.
She cited a broad range of countries where
"the walls are closing in" on civic organizations such as unions,
religious groups, rights advocates and other nongovernmental
organizations that press for social change and shine a light on
Among those she named were Zimbabwe,
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Cuba, Egypt, Iran,
Venezuela, China and Russia.