Turkey’s paramount leader is moving from the premiership to the presidency amid talk of constitutional change, but his divisive and autocratic governance style will remain the same.

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This year’s event honors Kenyan activist Maina Kiai and Congressman Frank Wolf with keynote remarks provided by former Russian political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, his first address in the United States since his December 2013 release.

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Bahrain’s arrest of Maryam al-Khawaja and the continued repression of the country’s Shi'a majority show the government’s intolerance of peaceful political protests and efforts to bring about greater political openness.

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Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, as the population strives for a free internet yet has encountered a government whose policies attempt to restrict the online sphere, according to a report released by Freedom House in advance of the Internet Governance Forum.
 

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Freedom House strongly condemns the unconstitutional attempt by the army to remove Lesotho's democratically-elected leaders from power.

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A quarter-century after the 1989 revolutions, freedom prevails in Central Europe, but some politicians are turning their backs on democratic values at home and new liberation struggles abroad.

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The horrific physical assault on Ilgar Nasibov, a journalist, is the latest trauma in a rapidly and radically deteriorating human rights situation in Azerbaijan.

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The execution of James Foley is an extremely sobering reminder of the dangers faced by journalists determined to document the suffering of civilians and of the grave dangers to fundamental freedoms posed by ISIS.