Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

In an interview on the worsening political repression in his country, exiled Rwandan activist David Himbara says “almost everyone in Rwanda is watched.” 

From time to time, the Freedom at Issue blog highlights those whose recent actions have contributed to or undermined the spread of democracy around the world.

Alexander Brockwehl

Conditions for the media have worsened under the current administration, whose defensive approach to crisis management has diverted its attention from pursuing changes that could address the root causes of the problem.

Recent reports on a trip to Azerbaijan by U.S. lawmakers focused on possible breaches of rules regarding travel expenses, but not on the ethics of boosting ties with a vicious dictatorship.

In celebration of Africa Day on May 25, Freedom House highlights 10 victories for human rights and democracy that took place across the continent over the past year.

Excerpts from a conversation with the editor in chief and the film critic of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

Those arguing for engagement with Minsk rely on a series of convenient illusions about the nature and intentions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime. 

In its fourth annual photo and art contest, Freedom House again challenged artists to interpret the theme of “Repression and Freedom” around the world.

Margaret Marshall

A variety of organizations are planning activities for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, even in countries where the LGBT community is effectively criminalized.

Bret Nelson

Rather than simply reassuring and rearming the Persian Gulf monarchies, the United States should press them to overhaul their autocratic and ultimately unstable political systems.

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