Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Aldosari, a prominent Saudi women’s rights advocate, discusses prospects for significant social reform in the kingdom. 

Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Mark P. Lagon

In a dangerous world, the United States and its allies must offer moral clarity and principled leadership in defense of democratic values.

Standing up for the human rights of LGBTI people entails great danger in many parts of the world, but successes to date show that it is a risk worth taking.

Image Credit: Shen Yun.

Sarah Cook

Beijing is using its economic clout to encourage censorship of the internationally acclaimed show Shen Yun.

truck mattresses line for customs clearance rwanda tanzania

Truck with mattresses in the queue for customs clearance at border crossing from Rwanda into Tanzania Credit: Syaolyao Cska, Flickr.

Daniel Calingaert

Businesses want predictable and transparent government regulation, the ability to operate freely, and fair enforcement of the law. Investment goes where it is welcome and stays where it is treated well. 

Photo from anti-Sisi protest in late 2015. Media repression continues in Egypt with the arrest of 30 journalists in April, preventing them from covering protests. Photo: Alisdare Hickson/Flickr

The coming year holds the possibility of both positive developments and troubling setbacks for press freedom worldwide. 

A journalist documents the February 2014 clashes in Kyiv, Ukraine. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.  

Elen Aghekyan

The dangers of reporting on national security and terrorism are well documented, but journalists can also face violence or imprisonment for covering an array of other high-risk topics.

Photo by: Roman Pilipey, Kommersant

Daniel Calingaert

A version of this article was published by Ukrayinska Pravda on April 27, 2016. The original article can be found here.

Photo by the European People's Party, Flickr/Creative Commons. 

Zselyke Csaky

Despite the quiet reversal of hard-earned democratic gains in the Balkans over the last several years, the European Union accession process still seems to be stuck on autopilot.

Falun Gong practitioners Yao Gaofu and Liang Xin with their daughter during better times. According to Amnesty International, the elderly couple was detained in December 2015 when police raided their home and found boxes of printed materials related to their persecuted spiritual practice. They face potential indictment and trial in the coming weeks. Credit:Minghui.

Sarah Cook

China’s censors, secret police, and even President Xi Jinping may not be as all-powerful as they appear in the face of dedicated activists, international outcries, and the CCP’s own internal interest groups.