Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

July 2016

Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Credit: UN Women. 

Greater international attention could help deter vote rigging and repression in this typically stable country.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva. Credit: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

A new EU-backed energy project could shower Azerbaijan's repressive regime with new income.

Above: Biram dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, IRA-Mauritania’s president and vice-president, received awards from the U.S. Department of State.  

Two recently released antislavery activists discuss a renewed crackdown on their organization.

Protests in Ethiopia. Credit: (Flickr/Creative Commons).

Yoseph Badwaza

Amid discontent, sometimes violent protests, and a drought of historic proportions, the Ethiopian government is tightening its stranglehold on domestic politics.

Viktor Orban. Credit: European Parliament (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Zselyke Csaky

​Brexit negotiations will likely divert attention away from challenges to the liberal constitutional order in Poland and Hungary, writes Senior Researcher Zselyke Csaky. 

Credit: Rory Mizen (Flickr/Creative Commons). 

Recent police violence in several African countries underscores the urgent need for law enforcement reform backed by strong civic movements.

Elie Wiesel. Credit: Barnard Communications. 

The Nobel laureate, who passed away on July 2, sought to instill a universal human obligation to fight oppression and persecution, no matter where it occurs.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda. Photo Credit: British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Flickr/Creative Commons).  

The country’s record of successful development is threatened by endemic corruption and growing worries about the political future.

The experience of a neglected housing complex shows the importance of state accountability, economic and social rights, and community activism to the broader struggle for freedom.