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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.

Saudi Arabia's Curriculum of Intolerance

Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom released a report analyzing a set of Saudi Ministry of Education textbooks in use during the current academic year in Islamic studies courses for elementary and secondary students. The textbooks promote an ideology of hatred toward people, including Muslims, who do not subscribe to the Wahhabi sect of Islam.