Speaking at a Freedom House conference held in advance of the Eastern Partnership Summit that opens Nov. 28, civil society activists and human rights defenders urged the European Union to keep democracy, rule of law and human rights as fundamental principles in its relations with Eastern European states.
Freedom House is deeply concerned by threats against Armenian NGOs working on women’s rights and gender-equality issues, and calls upon the Armenian authorities to conduct thorough investigations of the incidents.
As Armenia prepares for a presidential election on February 18, the international community should direct its attention to a recent proposal by a presidential advisory body that—if implemented—would drastically increase government control over civil society in the country.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.
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