Freedom House, ABA-ROLI, and the Human Rights Defenders Network were received by Prime Minister of Mali Moussa Mara on September 12, 2014, when they presented a Freedom House-sponsored report.

A certain group of countries want greater control over how the internet is run globally. As it turns out, they tend to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to censoring the web and arresting users for their online activities.

Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, according to a report released by Freedom House in advance of the Internet Governance Forum.
 

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.

Prime Minister of Mali Praises Freedom House, Partners' Work on Transitional Justice
Who Should Govern the Internet?
The Struggle for the Internet in Turkey
Freedom House Annual Awards Dinner
Countries & Territories: 45
3.9 billion people
38% free
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5% free

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614 million people
86% free
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405 million people
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925 million people
12% free
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953 million people
71% free
Press:
38% free

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286 million people
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News & Updates

More than 30 youth activists and political opposition members were arrested by Sudanese state security forces.

A Chinese court’s conviction on Sept. 23 of Ilham Tohti, an economics professor, on charges of “separatism” and its sentencing him to life imprisonment highlight the government’s efforts to subdue unrest in Xinjiang, the country’s far-western region that is also home to most Uighurs, the Muslim ethnic group to which Tohti belongs.

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In a research report released today, "Politics of Judicial Independence in Malawi " Freedom House examines judicial independence in Malawi, including the scope of judicial power, differentiation and separation of powers, internal institutional safeguards, transparency, and external institutional support.

President Obama took a strong stand in defense of civil society today in his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Latest Blog Post

Arch Puddington
September 29, 2014



In recent commentaries on the bleak state of global freedom, analysts have used a series of labels to describe the trajectory of democracy: “stagnation,” “erosion,” “recession,” and even “decline” for those who view the trends with alarm.

One label that has not been applied to current conditions is “reversal.”

For over 70 years Freedom House has championed human rights and democracy around the world, criticizing abuses wherever they occur and whatever their source.

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In light of Vietnam's crackdown against civil society, including the recent sentencing of three prominent activists to lengthy prison terms for advocating on behalf of peasants losing their land, Freedom House calls on the U.S. government and the international community to press the Government of Vietnam to release the activists and meet its human rights obligations under the ICCPR.

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