Freedom House works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties. We act as a catalyst for freedom through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action. Our analysis, focused on 12 central issues, is underpinned by our international program work. Browse our work and analysis by issue below.
Authoritarian leaders worldwide are exerting their influence beyond their borders in an attempt to silence critics and subvert democracy.
Democracy during Pandemic
The coronavirus outbreak presents a range of new challenges to democracy and human rights.
Technology & Democracy
Rapidly advancing information and communication technologies have had a profound impact on democracy around the world.
Democracies in Decline
In every region of the world, democracy is under attack by populist leaders and groups that reject pluralism.
Promoting U.S. Leadership
Freedom House believes that the United States has an essential part to play in the global struggle for liberty.
Free and fair elections are a foundational component of political freedom.
Equality & Human Rights
Democracy depends on the guarantee of equal rights under law and freedom from discrimination for all individuals in a society.
The ability of journalists to report freely on matters of public interest is a crucial indicator of democracy.
Government Accountability & Transparency
A well-functioning democracy requires strong safeguards against official corruption.
Strengthening Civil Society
Civil society organization play an important role in democratic societies, working to identify abuses and advocate for vital reforms.
Freedom of Assembly
The right to assemble peacefully is a fundamental prerequisite for any open and self-governing society.
Freedom of Expression
Free speech and expression is the lifeblood of democracy, facilitating open debate, the proper consideration of diverse interests and perspectives.
Freedom of worship is an important element of democracy, encouraging full political participation, and strengthening pluralism more broadly.
Freedom House is on the front lines in promoting freedom and democracy in some of the most repressive societies around the world.
Emergency Assistance Programs
Around the world, journalists, human rights defenders and civil society activists and organizations come under threat because they stand up for their fellow citizens.
Human Rights Support Programming
Implemented by the PROGRESS consortium of core partner organizations, the Human Rights Support Mechanism deploys programs that promote universally recognized human rights.