Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

December 2014

It has been a grim year on the whole, but 2014 was not without its bright spots. The following were some of the best and worst human rights developments of the past 12 months. 

Nate Schenkkan

The latest politicized crackdown on the press adds to abundant evidence that Turkey’s leadership has rejected the European Union and its democratic values.

Arch Puddington

It is a testament to the power of the democratic idea that authoritarian leaders around the globe claim the mantle of democracy for forms of government that amount to legalized repression. 

Transparency International released its latest Corruption Perceptions Index today, and the results for Eurasian countries are not encouraging.