Freedom House released the following statement in response to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez announcing plans to create a ministry of human rights.

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request proposes to cut funding for democracy, human rights, and governance by more than $700 million. 

The United States Senate has confirmed former Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad to the position of U.S. Ambassador to China. 

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A protester chants slogans as she braces herself against the spray fired from police water canons during a protest against the Indian government's reaction to recent rape incidents in India, in front of India Gate on December 23, 2012 in New Delhi, India. Photo by Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images.

India’s Supreme Court has confirmed death sentences for four men in a notorious 2012 rape case. But despite growing public opprobrium, a woman or girl is raped every 15 minutes in the country.

Free from the “nuisance” of the popular vote, these leaders are immune to the political currents that rotate power in electoral systems.

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