February 11 marks four years since Mubarak was forced from power in Egypt. On this anniversary, Freedom House offers a timeline that chronicles how a social justice movement incubated online, exploded onto the streets, and is now being driven toward extinction by new dictatorship.
African heads of state recently gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, for the 24th summit of the African Union. While discussions focused on high-profile continental crises such as the Boko Haram insurgency and the Ebola epidemic, an important phenomenon was, unsurprisingly, left off the agenda: the deteriorating situation for political and civil liberties in much of East Africa.
As reflected in recent criminal atrocities, Mexico’s president has yet to address many of the deep-seated problems he inherited upon taking office in 2012. However, the current crisis of confidence presents a unique opportunity for comprehensive reform.
As press freedom in Hong Kong has steadily declined, dropping to its lowest level in a decade in 2014, internet freedom has flourished, remaining free of the censorship and rights abuses that restrict digital communication on the mainland. Now that too may be under threat.
There is some hope that the winner of next week’s presidential by-election could reverse recent declines in Zambia’s democratic standing, but a number of factors are working against such a positive outcome.
Last week, Freedom at Issue published a chart (left) that showed a powerful link between terrorist attacks and countries that lack democratic governance. As the second graphic (right) indicates, the correlation is even stronger when the number of deaths is taken into account.