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Would Independence Bring Freedom to Iraqi Kurdistan?

Credit: Voice of America. Would Independence Bring Freedom to Iraqi Kurdistan?September 19, 2017Secession movements are sometimes justified, but statehood alone does not solve long-standing governance problems.  

Freedom House's Nations in Transit Seeks Analytical Briefs on Macedonia and the EU

Press ReleasesFreedom House's Nations in Transit Seeks Analytical Briefs on Macedonia and the EUSeptember 18, 2017Freedom House's Nations in Transit seeks proposals from scholars, researchers and think tanks based in any country for forward-looking briefs on the following themes.

The Games Autocrats Play

The Games Autocrats PlayArch PuddingtonSeptember 18, 2017A regime's sports policy offers insights on its approach to governance and foreign affairs.

中国媒体快报:十九大'前的言论审查、取缔VPN、监控措施升级

China Media Bulletin 中国媒体快报:十九大'前的言论审查、取缔VPN、监控措施升级 September 14, 2017本期看点:中共十九大'前的言论审查、监控措施的升级、中国言论限制正扩及剑桥、意大利和加州。

中國媒體快報:「十九大」前的言論審查、取締VPN、監控措施升級(Issue 121, Traditional Chinese)

China Media Bulletin 中國媒體快報:「十九大」前的言論審查、取締VPN、監控措施升級(Issue 121, Traditional Chinese)September 14, 2017本期看點:中共「十九大」 ...

A Midnight Crackdown in Cambodia

A Midnight Crackdown in CambodiaSeptember 14, 2017Aided by Chinese support and U.S. indifference, the government has moved to ensure complete dominance ahead of the 2018 elections.

China Media Bulletin: Party Congress censorship, VPN crackdown, surveillance upgrades

China Media Bulletin China Media Bulletin: Party Congress censorship, VPN crackdown, surveillance upgrades September 11, 2017In this issue: Censorship ahead of 19th Party Congress, surveillance upgrades, and how Chinese content restrictions are reaching Cambridge, Italy, and California.

Freedom House, Rights Groups Unveil Global Magnitsky List

Press ReleasesFreedom House, Rights Groups Unveil Global Magnitsky ListSeptember 13, 2017Freedom House and a coalition of civil society partners releasing a list of foreign officials in 15 countries suspected of large-scale corruption or serious human rights abuses, and recommending them for ...

The Future of Election Observation after Kenya's Supreme Court Judgement

The Future of Election Observation after Kenya's Supreme Court JudgementSeptember 13, 2017The shortcomings of the international missions in Kenya present an opportunity to improve election monitoring standards for all countries.   

Renewing U.S. Membership in the Democratic Club

Photo Credit: Community of Democracies. Renewing U.S. Membership in the Democratic ClubRobert HermanSeptember 12, 2017The United States is convening a Community of Democracies conference, but does it still believe in the organization's mission?

CHINA MEDIA BULLETIN: Party Congress censorship, VPN crackdown, surveillance upgrades

China Media Bulletin CHINA MEDIA BULLETIN: Party Congress censorship, VPN crackdown, surveillance upgrades September 11, 2017In this issue: Censorship ahead of 19th Party Congress, surveillance upgrades, and how Chinese content restrictions are reaching Cambridge, Italy, and California.

Press Release: Freedom House's Letter to César Zamora

Press ReleasesPress Release: Freedom House's Letter to César ZamoraSeptember 11, 2017The following letter was sent to César Zamora on August 25, 2017.  

China's Quiet Drive to Normalize Repression

China's Quiet Drive to Normalize RepressionArch PuddingtonSeptember 6, 2017Leaders in Beijing have avoided opprobrium for appalling actions on their behalf.

Kenya: Supreme Court Shows Its Independence in Election Ruling

Press Releases Kenya: Supreme Court Shows Its Independence in Election RulingSeptember 1, 2017Kenya's high court moved to nullify the results of the August 8 presidential election and has ordered that a new vote be held. 

United States: A Presidential Pardon of the Unpardonable

Press ReleasesUnited States: A Presidential Pardon of the UnpardonableAugust 28, 2017 President Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio, convicted of contempt of court for failing to end the illegal targeting of Latinos, shows a profound disrespect for the rule of law. 

Azerbaijan: Charges against Journalist, News Agency Silence Independent Media

Press ReleasesAzerbaijan: Charges against Journalist, News Agency Silence Independent MediaAugust 25, 2017One of Azerbaijan's most prominent independent journalists, Mehman Aliyev, received a sentence of three months pre-trial detention. 

中國靈魂爭奪戰:習近平治下的宗教復興、壓制和抵抗

Press Releases中國靈魂爭奪戰:習近平治下的宗教復興、壓制和抵抗 August 21, ...

中国灵魂争夺战:习近平治下的宗教复兴、压制和抵抗

Press Releases中国灵魂争夺战:习近平治下的宗教复兴、压制和抵抗 August 21, ...

Venezuela: Pro-Maduro Assembly to Take Powers of Opposition-led National Assembly

Press ReleasesVenezuela: Pro-Maduro Assembly to Take Powers of Opposition-led National AssemblyAugust 18, 2017Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the days-old constitutional assembly announcing that it is taking over all legislative powers of the National Assembly. 

Hong Kong Imprisons Democracy Activists

Press Releases Hong Kong Imprisons Democracy ActivistsAugust 17, 2017 Hong Kong authorities imprisoned three young leaders of Hong Kong's democracy movement, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow. 

Press Freedom Gets Short Shrift in the Standoff over Al-Jazeera

Press Freedom Gets Short Shrift in the Standoff over Al-JazeeraAugust 16, 2017None of the governments involved in the Qatar crisis are genuinely interested in independent media.

Golden Frog and Freedom House Partner to Provide Tools Protecting Internet Privacy and Freedom

Press ReleasesGolden Frog and Freedom House Partner to Provide Tools Protecting Internet Privacy and FreedomAugust 16, 2017Golden Frog and Freedom House today announced plans to jointly assist democracy activists by strengthening their online privacy and improving their internet access, ...

United States: Extremism — and the Failure to Condemn It — Weakens Democracy

Press Releases United States: Extremism — and the Failure to Condemn It — Weakens DemocracyAugust 16, 2017Extremism, and the failure to recognize and unambiguously denounce it, pose threats to our democracy. 

Kenya: Government De-Registers Human Rights NGO

Press ReleasesKenya: Government De-Registers Human Rights NGO August 14, 2017Kenya's Non-Governmental Organization Coordination Board canceled the registration of the Kenya Human Rights Commission.  

Challenges New and Old Expose Cracks in India's Democracy

Narendra Modi. .    Challenges New and Old Expose Cracks in India's DemocracyAugust 14, 2017As India marks 70 years of independence, its democratic institutions are suffering from weaknesses that the government has done little to address.

Why Populism Is Here to Stay

Geert Wilders, the founder and  current leader of the Dutch political party the Party for Freedom.  Why Populism Is Here to StayAugust 10, 2017Populist forces are expected to suffer another defeat in next month's German elections, but the factors that fueled populism's rise have not disappeared.

Quietly Erasing Democracy Promotion at the U.S. State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Thailand's military junta leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on August 8, 2017. Quietly Erasing Democracy Promotion at the U.S. State DepartmentAugust 8, 2017America's formal greetings to the world no longer ...

Ukraine Requires Anticorruption Garbage Collectors to Submit Income Declarations

Ukraine Requires Anticorruption Garbage Collectors to Submit Income DeclarationsAugust 8, 2017Onerous new regulations threaten to cripple Ukraine's civil society sector, particularly affecting groups engaged in the fight against corruption.