Freedom House

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 07:56
Freedom House has issued a statement urging Ukraine's parliament to reject a draft law that would require anti-corruption organizations in Ukraine and their staff members to make detailed financial disclosures to authorities.
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 07:18
The government’s recent pressure on nongovernmental organizations threatens a central pillar of the country’s democratic system—and ordinary Kenyans appreciate what they stand to lose. In late November, at a meeting organized by the Kenya Human Rights Commission, Attorney General Githu Muigai lambasted nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for acting “like teenagers out to externalize local problems” and failing to “look at themselves in the mirror.”
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 06:58
U.S. secretary of state John Kerry’s hastily announced trip to meet with the dictators of Central Asia has produced more questions than answers about what he hoped to gain from the tour.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 06:40
As Azerbaijan’s government prepares to host the first European Games in Baku starting June 12, it is hoping once again to paper over its paranoid authoritarian rule with a lavish display of wealth and international prestige.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 06:40
More than 20 years after the genocide, Rwanda has become one of the most repressive countries in Africa, continuing its antidemocratic trajectory as the government works to close civic space in the run-up to the 2017 elections.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 07:07
Killings and disappearances of journalists and activists have been all too common in Mexico over the past decade, but the last year seems to have marked a new low point for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly freedom of expression.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 06:43
At the 24th summit of the African Union discussions focused on high-profile continental crises such as the Boko Haram insurgency and the Ebola epidemic, while another important phenomenon was, unsurprisingly, left off the agenda: the deteriorating situation for political and civil liberties in much of East Africa.
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 07:48
As Lebanon’s parliament debates canceling national elections and extending its own term by more than two years, Freedom House issued the following statement: "Lebanon's legislators should respect the constitution and the right of Lebanon's citizens to have a say in who governs them, and that requires parliamentary elections," said Charles Dunne, director of Middle East and North Africa programs. "Despite security concerns in the country, arbitrarily prolonging the parliament’s term in office does not promote political stability or rule of law. Lebanon’s leaders should hold elections this year as scheduled, as a meaningful step toward ending the country’s political crises." Lebanon is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014 and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2013.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 06:43
Over the last year, the already poor human rights situation in Azerbaijan has deteriorated. The government in Baku has increased efforts to suppress dissent by implementing restrictive laws, jailing journalists and activists on false charges, and brutally attacking critics, all while claiming to be a cooperative strategic partner of the United States.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 07:38
In response to today’s decision by the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw Swaziland’s eligibility under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Freedom House released the following statement.