The latest from Freedom House:

The democratic member states of the United Nations should use the just convened session of the UN Commission on Human Rights to create a permanent democracy caucus at the world body, a group of eminent persons from 28 countries urged in a statement released today.

Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth Century America
By Ted Morgan
Random House
685 pp. $35.

Haiti in 2003 saw no progress in stemming the absolute decline in political and economic conditions.
On the eve of Russian presidential elections, the government under President Vladimir Putin is sliding dangerously closer to authoritarianism and further undermining Russia's democratic consolidation, new Freedom House studies reveal.
Moroccan participants in a recent study show broad, yet qualified, support for women's rights, revealing important insight into popular attitudes toward gender equality in a key Arab country.
Law enforcement bodies in Kyrgyzstan must cease using torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading forms of punishment of accused offenders, Freedom House said today.
Freedom House mourns the passing of Dr. Slobodanka (Boba) Nedovic, founder and President of the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) in Belgrade, Serbia, on January 24.