What can democratic countries do to counter recent anti-democratic trends? Joshua Kurlantzick, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, tackled these questions at a discussion hosted by Freedom House on his new book, Democracy in Retreat.
Freedom House is concerned about the widespread irregularities that have marred Malaysia’s general elections and urges the Election Commission of Malaysia to restore the public’s trust in its mandate by conducting a fair and transparent investigation.
Freedom House continues to be concerned about the humanitarian situation of detainees in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and urges U.S. authorities to take concrete steps to end the indefinite detention of detainees without charge or trial and to move quickly towards President Barack Obama’s stated commitment to close the facility.
Freedom House condemns the intimidation and violence carried out by supporters of both the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalitions ahead of Malaysia’s general elections. As Malaysians prepare to cast their votes on May 5th, in one of the most closely contested parliamentary elections to date , they do so against a backdrop of escalating intimidation and violence that undermines the peace and stability of the country.
Freedom House is pleased to announce that Viktoria Tyuleneva has joined Freedom House as the director of its Kazakhstan field office. As country director, Tyuleneva will lead Freedom House’s USAID project “Kazakhstan’s Strengthened Respect for Human Rights,” which supports civil society efforts to promote human rights through cooperation with the government of Kazakhstan, and human rights training for youth around the country.