Expanding Freedom and Democracy
The State of Global Freedom
Freedom House is founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people.
Freedoms Denied as the World Enters a Consequential Year of Elections
Freedom in the World 2024 finds that global freedom declined for the 18th consecutive year in 2023. The breadth and depth of the deterioration were extensive—political rights and civil liberties diminished in 52 countries and improved in only 21.
Explore Freedom in the World 2024
Read the Report
Flawed elections and armed conflict contributed to the 18th year of democratic decline. Explore Freedom in the World 2024: The Mounting Damage of Flawed Elections and Armed Conflict.
Visit our Regional Trends and Threats to Freedom page to learn about regional trends and status changes, and to access Freedom in the World 2024 data.
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Test your knowledge of some of the key findings from our report by taking our quiz.
After Navalny’s Death, Efforts Must Accelerate to Free Kara-Murza
In response to the death of Russian democratic opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, who died in Russian custody while unjustly incarcerated, Freedom House joins partners in requesting the Biden Administration to accelerate efforts to free imprisoned Russian democracy advocate, Vladimir Kara-Murza.
Tracking Democracy and Freedom Around the World
Visible and Invisible Bars
Visible and Invisible Bars, a report from Free Them All: The Fred Hiatt Program to Free Political Prisoners, draws attention both to political imprisonment and its damaging impacts on prisoners and their families, and the consequences of civil death.
Freedom on the Net 2023
Advances in artificial intelligence are increasing the scale, speed, and efficiency of digital repression. The 2023 edition of Freedom on the Net is now live.
The China Dissent Monitor
Despite increasingly repressive rule under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), dissent in China occurs regularly and is geographically widespread. The China Dissent Monitor features quarterly updated interactive data on collective action in public spaces and cases of online dissent.
Mapping Freedom House's Impact in 2023
In 2023, Freedom House assisted more than 15,000 human rights activists, organizations, journalists, children and youth, and others at-risk more than 90 countries. Here's how we worked to expand and defend freedom across the world over the past year.