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The latest from Freedom House:

Expelling the spouse of a respected human rights lawyer and thus forcing him to choose between staying in his country without her or leaving his homeland is a reprehensible action

By continuing its outrageous practice of imprisoning participants in the May 2012 Bolotnaya Square protests, the Russian government is sending a grim message to  civil society activists and ordinary citizens that the exercise of fundamental rights—including protests against corruption in modern day Russia—can lead to serious repression.

The problem with “accommodating” Russia in Ukraine is that Vladimir Putin’s goal is sowing chaos as part of a plan to hold on to power in the Kremlin. Click here to read David J. Kramer's American Interest op-ed.

Freedom House and 17 other civil society organizations operating in southern Africa have petitioned SADC Heads of State and Government to express concern over a protocol for a new inter-state tribunal. After disbanding the SADC Tribunal in 2012 without consultation of critical stakeholders, the SADC has proposed a new tribunal but would bar citizens from accessing the court.

Southern Africa is facing a number of democracy challenges that SADC needs to take a leading role in addressing.

The United States has been a champion of internet freedom around the world, but current FCC plans could undermine that position by abandoning net neutrality.

How did ISIS manage to capture Mosul? Zainab al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress and a trustee of Freedom House, answers questions on recent developments in Iraq.