Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

In celebration of Africa Day on May 25, Freedom House highlights 10 victories for human rights and democracy that took place across the continent over the past year.

Excerpts from a conversation with the editor in chief and the film critic of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

Those arguing for engagement with Minsk rely on a series of convenient illusions about the nature and intentions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime. 

In its fourth annual photo and art contest, Freedom House again challenged artists to interpret the theme of “Repression and Freedom” around the world.

Margaret Marshall

A variety of organizations are planning activities for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, even in countries where the LGBT community is effectively criminalized.

Bret Nelson

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.

Vukasin Petrovic

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

Paul Graham

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.  

Arch Puddington

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