Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Pressed by economic difficulties, the Belarusian regime is hoping to improve ties with the West while avoiding any political opening.

Zselyke Csaky

Miloš Zeman is infamous for his offensive statements and diplomatic blunders, and some dismissed his recent anti-Muslim remarks as “wacky.” But Europe cannot afford to laugh off its neighborhood bigots.

Disparities in the criminal justice system remain a major obstacle to racial equality in America. While the problem goes beyond the laws themselves, legislative reform is a key component of any solution.

With the approach of the October 13 Democratic presidential debate, Freedom House presents a selection of quotes from the more prominent candidates on the role of democracy in U.S. foreign policy and on strategically important authoritarian states.

Sudan's National Congress Party continues to systematically abuse human rights, harass activists and political opponents, and fuel civil wars to suppress dissent. 

Tyler Roylance

At the United Nations, the presidents of Russia and China urged global unity against the common threats of terrorism and instability. What they are really pitching is an alliance of rulers against the ruled.

The leaders of the United States, Russia, China, and Iran engaged in an impromptu debate this week in their remarks at the UN General Assembly. President Obama asserted the benefits and universality of democratic principles, but the others pushed back with an emphasis on sovereignty, stability, and noninterference. 

Arch Puddington

Under Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has suppressed the legacy of the Soviet Union’s leading dissident, whose warnings against unconditional détente remain relevant today.

Mark P. Lagon

Simultaneous visits to Washington by the Chinese leader and three Hong Kong democracy activists offer the United States a chance to show the world where it stands.

Mark P. Lagon
Elizabeth Summers

Multinational corporations stand to benefit from improved freedom of expression in the countries where they operate. Recognizing this, some are already lending their support.

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