The Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, triggering a series of events that ultimately ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991. The legacy of Communism in Eastern Europe has been much harder to dismantle.
On November 11, 2014, Biram Dab Abeid, a prominent Mauritanian anti-slavery activist, was beaten and arrested for his participation in an anti-slavery protest and remains imprisoned today. Freedom House spoke with Biram in 2013 about his work - read the interview here.
The election of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reinforced Indonesia’s democratic credentials while serving as further proof that democracy remains vibrant outside of the global north. Read the article by Sarah Repucci here.
On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, CNN's Global Public Square looks at Freedom House's rankings of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics to see how those liberated countries have actually fared.