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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Vladimir Putin Russia Kremlin

Vladimir Putin. Credit:

Ten years after the assassination of Anna Politkovskaya provoked outrage around the world, the Kremlin is quietly smothering media freedom under a heap of repressive legislation.

Vona Gábor.

The ruling Fidesz party’s dominance of the Hungarian right has forced the extremist Jobbik to tack toward the center, replacing its paramilitary gear with puppies and kittens. 

By Rosiek.kub [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Polish authorities have become more vocal about the rights of Poles living overseas, but they remain reluctant to address attacks on migrants, ethnic minorities, and political opponents inside the country.

Representatives of Russia, China, and the United States all called for peace and cooperation at the UN General Assembly last week, but their rhetoric revealed key differences on democracy and human rights.

Uzbekistan. Credit: Mariusz Kluzniak.

The recent death of Uzbekistan’s seemingly perpetual president has drawn fresh attention to the uncertainties of one-man rule in Eurasia. 

Credit: UN Watch. 

Online media host and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad discusses the cultural rift between Iran’s regime and its vibrant community of internet users.

Thandeka Kathi, Christian Caryl and Hala Aldosari.

From left to right: Thandeka Kathi, Christian Caryl and Hala Aldosari.

Social justice activist Thandeka Kathi discusses the challenge of securing both political rights and basic economic rights for informal communities in South Africa.

photo of Amman, capital of Jordan

Amman, Jordan. Credit: Theo Wilson. 

Women’s rights have receded in Jordan, despite the monarchy’s progressive official stance and huge U.S. government investment in promoting democracy and human rights in the country.

Engin Önder

Engin Önder (pictured center). 

The cofounder of 140journos describes how his innovative media project is filling a news gap left by politically compromised mainstream outlets.

Display honoring the memory of Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. The respected religious leader died in Chinese custody in July 2015 when serving a life sentence on trumped up charges, one of numerous Tibetans, Uighurs, Falun Gong practitioners, and Christians to have died due to official abuse over the past two years. Credit: France-Tibet.

The crackdown on rights defenders pales in comparison to long-term oppression of religious and ethnic minorities.