Freedom at Issue: Insights on the global struggle for democracy | Freedom House

Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Elections offered a way out of dismal misrule for several countries in 2015, but the year was otherwise dominated by war, terrorism, repression, and bigotry.

Having missed opportunities to prevent the current crisis, the international community must now act decisively to halt the violence and push for a negotiated solution.

Despite the Chinese government's rhetoric of not interfering in other countries' affairs, CCP censorship and propaganda are now a global phenomenon.

Public frustration with the Maduro administration is expected to overcome extensive manipulation by the government, and the ruling party will face international pressure to accept the results.

With general elections set for early 2016, the government and ruling party have made a mockery of the reform process they initiated last year.

Sheltering refugees is not just a moral duty. All countries, including the United States and its fellow democracies in Europe, are also legally bound to assist those fleeing war and oppression.

To maintain its status as an exemplary democracy, the United States must continue to combat bigotry and tackle its deficits regarding equality and access to justice.

The government and rebel leaders have set a March 2016 deadline to reach a final peace agreement, but disarmament, demining, and justice for victims of the conflict will take much longer.

The extremist threat must be confronted, but we cannot win by abandoning our democratic values.

Myanmar’s dramatic election results have raised hopes for further progress toward a democratic society, but there are many obstacles to peace, social inclusion, and economic opportunity.

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