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Myanmar’s dramatic election results have raised hopes for further progress toward a democratic society, but there are many obstacles to peace, social inclusion, and economic opportunity.

The largely peaceful, landmark election in Myanmar on November 8 represents a significant step toward a more representative democracy. 

Russell Raymond
Program Officer, Southeast Asia

Members of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority have been stripped of their citizenship and persecuted by the government, with many forced into camps or compelled to flee abroad.

Freedom House issued the following statement after a court in Myanmar filed contempt of court charges against 17 journalists.



Senior Program Officer, Eurasia, Southeast Asia

Lauren Galacia is the Senior Program Officer for the Southeast Asia programs.  Prior to joining Freedom House, she oversaw the development and implementation of citizen engagement programs throughout Asia and Eurasia, with a focus on Thailand and Burma.

Senior Research Analyst for East Asia



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Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

Worst of the Worst 2007

Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House.  The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.


Freedom House helps LGBTI rights groups in Southeast Asia to push back against the tide of intolerance.