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written by
Tyler Roylance
Staff Editor

In the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and East Asia, antidemocratic forces have been on the rampage, threatening to pull the United States into new conflicts against its will. In each of these cases, the crisis has origins in authoritarian rule, and only a policy built on the promotion of democratic governance has any hope of ensuring a lasting peace.


written by
Dean Jackson
Guest Blogger

Today’s dictators aren’t going it alone. Whether across the airwaves, on the internet, or at the polling booth, they are assisted by a range of private actors who are based in free countries but sell their services to unsavory regimes abroad.

Freedom House strongly condemns the illegal imprisonment in exile of Farshid Yadollahi and Reza Entesari, two Sufi Dervishes and prisoners of conscience.  Additionally, Iranian authorities must stop preventing Iranian Sufi Dervishes and prisoners of conscience from access to adequate medical care.

Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
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Freedom of Expression, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom

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Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools

Internet censorship poses a large and growing challenge to online freedom of expression around the world. Censorship circumvention tools are critical to bypass restrictions on the internet and thereby to protect free expression online.
This document provides a comparison among different circumvention tools, both in terms of their technical merits, as well as how users of these tools describe their experience with them. The countries included in this report are Azerbaijan, Burma, China and Iran.



Freedom House supports Iran's pro-democracy movement and human rights defenders as they resist the Iranian regime's surveillance and repression.