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Today's American: How Free?

Today’s American: How Free? examines whether Americans are sacrificing essential values in the war against terror, and scrutinizes other critical issues such as the political process, criminal justice system, racial inequality and immigration. Today’s American: How Free? is the first time that Freedom House, best known for its annual survey of the state of freedom around the world, has produced a book-length report on an individual country.

Discrimination and Intolerance in Iran's Textbooks

The government of Iran is teaching the country's children to discriminate against women and minorities, to view non-Muslims with suspicion if not contempt, and to perpetuate the regime's theocratic

Muzzling the Media: The Return of Censorship in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Only a decade and a half since the end of the Cold War, freedom of the press for millions of people across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has come nearly full circle. The media landscape across most of today’s CIS in some aspects differs from that of the Soviet era, but in important ways is imposing a no less repressive news media environment. Gone is all encompassing ideological state media control. Russia – and most of the countries on its periphery – today features modern methods of information control that effectively shuts off the majority of people in these lands from news and information of political consequence.

Worst of the Worst 2007

Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House.  The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.

Community of Democracies Invitations Process: Statement and Recommendations on Government Invitations

Joint analysis by the International Advisory Committee for the Community of Democracies Invitations Process (members of the Committee include Freedom House, the Democracy Coalition Project, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development)including recommendations on invitations to the next Community of Democracies Ministerial Meeting to be hosted by Mali in autumn 2007.

Concentrations of Inhumanity

An Analysis of the Phenomena of Repression Associated With North Korea’s Kwan-li-so Political Penal Labor Camps According to the Terms and Provisions of Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Parallel Provisions of Customary International Law on Crimes Against Humanity

Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa 2007

Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.

UN Democracy Fund: A First Year Analysis

Freedom House conducted an analysis of the first round of grants by the UN Democracy Fund, a notable symbol of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan's attempt to include the promotion of democracy within the mission of the United Nations. The analysis examines the types of organizations receiving funds, the beneficiary countries or regions, and the types of projects being funded.

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