Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

October 2015

Tamara Grigoryeva

Azerbaijan is heading for its worst elections in recent history, but the government continues to demand that Western partners accept the country as it is—one of Eurasia’s harshest dictatorships.

Paul Graham

By pulling out of the International Criminal Court, South Africa will give up any opportunity to influence the tribunal’s future development.

Some Russian officials are incensed that Apple’s iPhone includes images of happy same-sex couples among its hundreds of beloved pictograms.

Sunday’s balloting was marred by some serious problems, but also featured genuine competition and efforts to prevent fraud. 

Sofya Orlosky

Pressed by economic difficulties, the Belarusian regime is hoping to improve ties with the West while avoiding any political opening.

Zselyke Csaky

Miloš Zeman is infamous for his offensive statements and diplomatic blunders, and some dismissed his recent anti-Muslim remarks as “wacky.” But Europe cannot afford to laugh off its neighborhood bigots.

Disparities in the criminal justice system remain a major obstacle to racial equality in America. While the problem goes beyond the laws themselves, legislative reform is a key component of any solution.

With the approach of the October 13 Democratic presidential debate, Freedom House presents a selection of quotes from the more prominent candidates on the role of democracy in U.S. foreign policy and on strategically important authoritarian states.

Sudan's National Congress Party continues to systematically abuse human rights, harass activists and political opponents, and fuel civil wars to suppress dissent.