A growing disregard for the conditions that form the foundations of democracy—including respect for the rights of minorities and migrants, space for critical dissent, and commitment to the rule of law—threatens to destabilize the democratic order. These and many other issues pose a threat to democracy around the world.
Freedom House Policy Recommendations
Democracies should work to support their core principles at home and around the world. Neglecting to tie democratic principles to foreign policy leaves democracies vulnerable to interference from authoritarian regimes.
The future of privacy, free expression, and democratic governance rests on the decisions we make today. Explore Freedom House's recommendations on internet freedom, election integrity, and preventing abusive social media surveillance.
Democratic Governance in Europe and Eurasia
To counter the democratic breakdown recorded by the Nations in Transit report, democracies, especially the United States and European Union member states, should work to protect democratic values and human rights.
Democracy in Pandemic
Freedom House calls on governments, civil society organizations, and donors to protect political rights and civil liberties during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
Combatting Corruption & Kleptocracy
The rise of modern authoritarianism has been accompanied by an expansion in corruption and kleptocracy, posing a significant threat to democracy around the world.
China's Global Influence
The Chinese government’s efforts to tighten control at home and expand authoritarian tactics abroad present a threat to global democracy.
Featured Recommendations from Nations in Transit 2023
To counter the spread of antidemocratic practices in Europe and Eurasia, democratic countries—especially the United States and European Union (EU) member states— should take considerable steps to expand the value and promise of democracy. Read more from the 2023 edition of Nations in Transit.
Featured Recommendations: Nurturing Global Democracy
Global democracy has receded under pressure from authoritarian forces over the past 17 years, according to Freedom in the World 2023: Marking 50 Years in the Struggle for Democracy. To help turn the tide, democratic governments and the private sector should cultivate opportunities for progress, hold dictators to account for corruption and rights abuses, and strengthen democratic institutions at home.
Featured Recommendations: Protecting Internet Freedom
Global internet freedom declined for the 12th consecutive year in 2022. See what policymakers and tech companies can do to protect human rights online
Recommendations From Beijing's Global Media Influence
Long-term democratic resilience to Beijing’s media influence will require a coordinated response across a variety of sectors. Governments, media outlets, civil society, and technology firms all have an essential role to play in protecting freedom of expression and access to information in the face of increasingly aggressive Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence efforts, while ensuring adherence to democratic norms and international human rights standards. Here are Freedom House's global policy recommendations from the Beijing's Global Media Influence report.
Recommendations from Transnational Repression 2022
Freedom House's policy recommendations from our latest transnational repression report are intended to constrain the ability of states to commit acts of transnational repression, to increase accountability for perpetrators of transnational repression, and to provide protection for at-risk exiles and diasporas.
Learn more about the new Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism.
Policy Briefs & Analysis
Beijing's Global Megaphone
Reform in Ethiopia: Turning Promise into Progress
Testimony and Remarks
Interventions for the 2022 OSCE Warsaw Human Dimension Conference
Testimony and remarks
September 26, 2022
Precarious Times for a Bulwark of Democracy
Testimony and remarks
June 29, 2022
CECC Statement: The Threat of Transnational Repression from China and the U.S. Response
Testimony and remarks
June 21, 2022
Advocacy Letters & Joint Statements
Guatemala: Sin libertad de prensa no hay democracia
Guatemala: No press freedom, no democracy