Freedom House is gravely concerned by an apparent systematic crackdown on the legal profession by a number of OSCE participating States. Since 2017, restrictive legislative changes and punitive measures targeting individual lawyers were especially egregious in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Crimea. 

Leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Åkesson. Credit: Per Pettersson, Flickr/Creative Commons.

Sheri Berman of Columbia University explains the background and implications of the election results.

A United Nations investigation confirms what has long been reported about the gross human rights abuses perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims at the hand of Myanmar’s military. 

Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions. 

American democracy still suffers from some of the rifts that opened five decades ago.

A crowd commemorates Algerian Independence Day on July 5. Credit: Nejma Rondeleux, Flickr/Creative Commons.

Fear of religious extremism helps explain the lack of democratic development in the country.

robert kyagulanyi uganda member of parliament

Violence and arrests following local campaign events appear to be part of the Ugandan security force's practice of targeting dissenting voices.

Prague, Czech Republic. Credit: Fleetingpix, Flickr/Creative Commons. 

Politicized revisions of the past help antidemocratic leaders justify their actions while sowing divisions at home and abroad.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates the newly constructed Assam house, Shillong.  Credit: Cm.assam.gov.in/. 

The Hindu nationalist government is moving to strip legal status from millions of Muslim residents.

Advancing human rights for key populations in Uganda

Protest Signs

Photo credit: Camilo Rueda López

A skeptical new president is not the only obstacle the former rebels must overcome. 

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