On April 10, more than 200 guests filled the Hillyer Art Space for Freedom House’s Third Annual Photography and Art Auction fundraiser.

Freedom House is proud to launch freedomhouse/mexico, a Spanish-language subsite that features news, publications, and updates related to Mexico as well as information on Freedom House programs based out of Mexico City.

Since 2003, Freedom House has systematically provided prescient analysis of Russia’s move to authoritarian rule and efforts to restore hegemony over Ukraine.

March’s Egypt Democracy Compass—in which seven out of eight indicators of progress on the roadmap to democracy were rated as ‘stalled’ or ‘backsliding’—shows the futility of the upcoming presidential election.

Images of Repression and Freedom 2014
Freedom House Launches Spanish-Language Subsite Dedicated to Mexico
Freedom House on Russia: 2003-2014
Repression in Egypt Makes Free Election Impossible
Countries & Territories: 45
3.9 billion people
38% free
Press:
5% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 44
614 million people
86% free
Press:
66% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 21
403 million people
2% free
Press:
0% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 50
925 million people
12% free
Press:
3% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 36
953 million people
71% free
Press:
38% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 17
286 million people
0% free
Press:
0% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

News & Updates

The decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the discriminatory section of the Chieftainship Act so that first-born daughters cannot inherit chieftainship is a step backwards for gender equality in Lesotho. The Court of Appeal has allowed discriminatory customary law to supersede the rights of women.

Freedom House and a  broad coalition of  African and international NGOs urge President Barack Obama to give civil society a prominent role in the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit to be held August 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The summit is an opportunity for the United States to engage African leaders on the development of strong democratic institutions and respect for the rights of citizens.

May 1 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Please join us for the release of Freedom of the Press 2014, the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual assessment of media freedom. Click here to RSVP.

A Freedom House survey finds that 47 percent of South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 may not vote in national and provincial elections on May 7. The survey, conducted via mobile phones from March 17-24, also finds that nearly two in three of those surveyed do not understand how South Africa’s proportional representation system works.

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Arch Puddington
April 16, 2014

Although it has been described in the Economist as “Africa’s New Number One,” Nigeria has long struggled with problems of poor governance, corruption, religious conflict, and the persecution of vulnerable groups—notably LGBTI people.

May 19 2014 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Join Freedom House and the Freedom Rights Project for a conference on the efficacy of the international human rights protection system and ideas for improvement. Click here to RSVP.