Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Prisoner of conscience, Eduardo Cardet

Eduardo Cardet, a current Cuban prisoner of conscience. Credit: HazteOir.org

The country was not always an implacable foe of human rights on the international stage. 

Angela Merkel will step down as leader of the CDU. Credit: GlynLowe.com

Angela Merkel will step down as leader of the CDU. Credit: GlynLowe.com

Upcoming EU and state elections could determine the country’s new direction.

Protest in New York against China's reelection to the UN Human Rights Council in 2009

Protest in New York against China's reelection to the UN Human Rights Council in 2009. Credit: Students for a Free Tibet.

The body’s membership will now be even less democratic than the world as a whole.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena swears in new Cabinet of Ministers

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena (right) swears in a new cabinet of ministers led by Mahinda Rajapaksa (left). Credit: President.gov.lk

The president’s moves to replace the government and dissolve Parliament have been denounced as unconstitutional.

 
Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buhari

From left to right: Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar, current Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Image Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons. 

The candidates will have to explain how they plan to tackle corruption and security threats.

Filipino Internet Freedom Activists

Maria Ressa, the CEO and editor of online portal Rappler, speaks during a protest on press freedom along with fellow journalists in Manila on January 19, 2018. Credit: TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images.

The region is a driving force behind annual declines at the global level.

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This paid supplement from state-owned China Daily was distributed in a September issue of the Des Moines Register.

The regime’s recent media interventions may have unintended consequences.

Protests in Qatif in May 2015

Protests in Qatif in May 2015. HUSSEIN RADWAN/AFP/Getty Images

The kingdom’s Shia Muslim minority has long suffered discrimination and violence by the state.

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro with supporters (credit: Partido Social Liberal)

The right-wing candidate may well win the election, but his ability to govern is far less clear.

Cameroon President Paul Biya and wife cast their votes

From left to right: Chantal Biya and President Paul Biya of Cameroon casting their votes

After a violent election, Paul Biya has extended his 36-year rule at the expense of the country’s stability.

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