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.
Human Rights Groups and Former Diplomats Call for Action on Azerbaijan
U.S. Wrong to Endorse Ethiopia's Elections
Freedom in the World 2015
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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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. 

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.

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

Following police in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, using tear gas and water cannons April 17 against peaceful protestors, Freedom House issued the following statement: 

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Emergency crowdfunding campaigns in Russia and Belarus have rescued some civic groups faced with crippling fines, but regular and sustained donations remain rare. 

Freedom House issued a statement following the murder of journalist Oles Buzina by masked gunmen outside his home in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

Freedom House remembers the first anniversary of the death of Sudanese human rights activist Osman Hummaida. 

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