Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

October 2017

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Nate Schenkkan

In a bizarre case against human rights activists, prosecutors are stretching the definition of terrorism beyond all recognition.

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A refugee influx, economic concerns, and disaffection with established parties created an opening for xenophobic nationalists.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who was killed by a car bomb. The Malta Independent.

While murders are unusual, Malta’s journalists have faced a number of other constraints on their work.

Rukmani Bhatia

Putting pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi could endanger her bargain with the military, but a system that allows ethnic cleansing may not be worth saving.

Dr. Rajiv Shah, left, USAID administrator speaks with Ethiopian Prime Minister H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn in 2014. (© Flickr USAID)

Addis Ababa has halted a human rights resolution in the House by threatening to break off security cooperation with the United States.

Political cartoon depicting the detention of Uyghur students in Egypt, and in some cases their deportation, at the apparent behest of the Chinese government. Image Credit: Credit: Rebel Pepper/Radio Free Asia.
Sarah Cook

Authoritarian rule in China poses a growing threat to democracy elsewhere.

Aleksandar Vučić, current president of Serbia, and former primer minister from 2014-2017. 

Shannon O’Toole

The increasingly authoritarian government has steadily broken down press freedom over the past four years.

 
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Young students at Bakivtsi School, Ukraine © Brian Woychuk

Mandating rather than simply encouraging Ukrainian-language schooling represents a swerve toward ethnic nationalism, and away from European allies.