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Research Director, Technology and Democracy
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.

An Egyptian court setenced human rights activist Ahmed Douma and 229 other defendants to life imprisonment for allegedly inciting violence during 2011 demonstrations. 

More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

n response to President Obama’s signing of legislation that repudiates Egypt’s criminal charges and court convictions of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who worked for Freedom House and other non-governmental organizations in Egypt, Freedom House issued the following statement.

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Egypt Democracy Compass

The Egypt Democracy Compass is designed to provide a snapshot of the country’s trajectory, either toward or further away from a truly democratic system, on a monthly basis. The compass will assess progress in eight key components of  democratic transition: the constitution, elections, political participation, civilian control and security-sector reform, media freedom and freedom of expression, religious freedom, peaceful assembly and civic activism, and judicial independence and rule of law.

Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights

Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights examines the human rights implications of domestic blasphemy and religious insult laws using the case studies of seven countries—Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland—where such laws exist both on paper and in practice. Without exception, blasphemy laws violate the fundamentalfreedom of expression, as they are by definition intended to protect religious institutions and religious doctrine– i.e., abstract ideas and concepts – from insult or offence. At their most benign, such laws lead to self-censorship.  In Greece and Poland, two of the more democratic countries examined in the study, charges brought against high-profile artists, curators and writers serve as a warning to others that certain topics are off limits. At their worst, in countries such as Pakistan and Malaysia, such laws lead to overt governmental censorship and individuals are both prosecuted and subject to severe criminal penalties including lengthy jail sentences.

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