Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

The diplomatic thaw between Belarus and the West strengthens the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, not the sovereignty or rights of the Belarusian people.

Freedom House interviewed Xavier Bonilla—a cartoonist known by the pen name Bonil who has come under attack from the government of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa.

Arch Puddington

Azerbaijan’s friendly diplomatic façade cannot hide its growing domestic repression, and should not deter U.S. demands for the freedom of jailed journalists like Khadija Ismayilova. 

Tyler Roylance

The recent death of founding Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has drawn fresh attention to the debate about the ability of authoritarian governments to deliver economic development.

Alyssa Rickard

This week’s conviction of Karim Wade, the son of Senegal’s former president, bucks a recent trend favoring impunity for political elites in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Africa Team Staff

Nigeria’s general elections are scheduled for Saturday, March 28. The following are five things to keep in mind as the date approaches.

Nate Schenkkan

The case of Turkish journalist Mehmet Baransu illustrates how the same politicized judicial system that was abused to end military authoritarianism is now being employed to install a civilian autocracy.

Pakistan’s government is moving forward with a cybercrime bill that fails to protect privacy and human rights, ignoring a year’s worth of civil society consultation.

Arch Puddington

The recent claim that the Charlie Hebdo killings helped motivate the murder of Boris Nemtsov suggests that opponents of democracy will continue to sow discord over free speech issues. 

Unlike predecessors such as Deng Xiaoping or Taiwan’s Chiang Ching-kuo, Chinese president Xi Jinping appears unlikely to leave his country freer than he found it.

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