Belarus


For several years Freedom House has worked with human rights defenders and civic activists in Belarus to strengthen their ability to document and address abuses of fundamental freedoms in domestic and international justice systems. At the same time, Freedom House strives to bring the discussion about human rights closer to ordinary Belarusians, helping to build strong popular support for human rights defenders and their challenging work.
 

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News & Updates

The amnesty for Bialiatski over the weekend is a positive first step in mending the damage done by the Belarusian government by wrongly imprisoning this renowned human rights defender for spurious reasons.

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Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Religious Freedom
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Eurasia

In a new report, Freedom House highlights Russia's pivotal role in a decade-long decline in democracy among the countries of the post-Soviet sphere.

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
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Eurasia, Europe

We call upon the International Ice Hockey Federation to recognize that the Ice Hockey World Championship is taking place in an environment of harassment, abuse, and violence, where—more than in any other country in Europe—the leadership unfairly wields power and authority over others.

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Eurasia

We call upon the IIHF to recognize that this championship is in fact taking place in an environment of harassment, abuse, and violence, where—more than in any other country in Europe—the leadership unfairly wields power and authority over others.

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Eurasia

Experts

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Signature Reports

Special Reports

Safety on the Line: Exposing the myth of mobile communication security

This report evaluates the risks and vulnerabilities of mobile phone services and apps in 12 specified countries, analyzing multiple mobiel technologies to determine their capacity to protect security and privacy and to combat censorship and surveillance.
Download the full report here.

Issues: 
Internet Freedom
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa

Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

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Eurasia

Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

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