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

Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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.

The U.S. government can strengthen its support for human rights in Ethiopia without sacrificing its security interests in the region.

Last month’s attacks in South Africa have forced the government to address the problem of xenophobia and led to rare regional pressure on a domestic human rights issue.

Different degrees of political fragmentation in Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine have had a variety of effects on conditions for the media—most of them negative.  

The EU must create mechanisms to uphold media freedom in member states and stand firm against external adversaries of independent journalism. 

Below are a few of the 2015 May Day demonstrations that have been held—or suppressed by authoritarian gove

Conditions for the media grew worse in most parts of the world last year, but it is important to remember that each region was falling from a very different height.

The ruling party’s thorough manipulation of state institutions and suppression of dissent have ensured that Ethiopia’s May 24 elections will be an uncompetitive formality. 

Edgar Lungu’s first 90 days in office have frustrated hopes that he would put the country back on the path to democratic reform.

Beijing’s repression of the Uyghur population reveals larger truths about China, and has policy implications for the United States. 

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