Freedom House joined other  human rights organizations and former diplomats in a joint letter to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, asking the United States to impose a visa ban and freeze assets of Azerbaijani officials involved in large-scale human rights abuses. 

In response to today’s comments by Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, in which she referred to Ethiopia as a democracy and the country’s upcoming elections free, fair, and credible, Freedom House issued the following statement:

New Release: Freedom in the World 2015, the latest edition of its annual report on political rights and civil liberties in 195 countries around the globe.

In response to Sudan's April 17 arrest of human rights activist Adil Bakheit and charging him with crimes punishable by death or life imprisonment, Freedom House issued the following statement.

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Freedom in the World 2015
Sudan Arrests Another Human Rights Activist
Countries & Territories: 45
4 billion people
38% free
Press:
5% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 44
616 million people
86% free
Press:
66% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 21
410 million people
5% free
Press:
2% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 50
957 million people
12% free
Press:
3% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 36
966 million people
71% free
Press:
38% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 17
285 million people
0% free
Press:
0% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Freedom House’s Newest Report.

Freedom in the World 2015

New Release: Freedom in the World 2015, the latest edition of its annual report on political rights and civil liberties in 195 countries around the globe.

  • Of the 195 countries assessed, 89 (46 percent) were rated Free, 55 (28 percent) Partly Free, and 51 (26 percent) Not Free.
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  • All but one region had more countries with declines than with gains. Asia-Pacific had an even split.

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President Nkurunziza of Burundi US Secretary of State John Kerry

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the Burundian government’s violent suppression of demonstrations and its censorship of private radio stations following the announcement that President Nkurunziza would seek a constitutionally prohibited third term.

all zone 9 bloggers ethiopia

Freedom House marks the one year anniversary of the arrests of the Zone 9 bloggers and journalists in Ethiopia. 

The arrests of activists Dr. Jalal Mustafa and Dr. Sandra Farouk Kadouda demonstrates Sudan's continued crackdown on advocacy and civil society. 

Top  human rights organizations call on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to acknowledge Ethiopia's democratic deficiencies, including the ongoing harassment of human rights defenders, activists and media. 

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Edgar Lungu’s first 90 days in office have frustrated hopes that he would put the country back on the path to democratic reform.

Freedom House condemns the politically motivated trial and imprisonment of prominent Chinese journalist Gao Yu.

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Dickieson will help oversee programs in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

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