A new 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.
In 2013, Freedom House and Transparency International convened transitional justice and anti-corruption experts in Berlin to discuss the role of anti-corruption initiatives in pre- and post-transition countries. They found ways for transitional justice and anti-corruption tools be used complementarily to uncover corruption’s link to human right abuses and support successful democratic transitions. The report Combating Impunity: Transitional Justice and Anti-Corruption captures the conclusions and recommendations of the dialogue.
In the face of new, sophisticated restrictions, frontline human rights activists are unprepared for the security challenges they face, while donors and international support groups struggle to collaborate effectively and protect and defend human rights, Freedom House concludes in a new report.
Though they express deep disappointment with the government and its leaders, South Africans retain faith in the country’s 20-year old democracy and strong support for the African National Congress, a new Freedom House report concludes, based on extensive interviews with a cross-section of South Africans.
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The Ukrainian government has failed to fulfill its pledge to protect the freedom of expression, and corruption and poor ethical standards increasingly plague Ukrainian media, concludes a report by Freedom House.
Chinese government media controls are increasingly constraining news outlets based outside China, according to a report authored by Freedom House research analyst Sarah Cook and published by the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy.
As the economic leader of the Central Asian region and the country most strongly tuned in to the global diplomatic and business communities, Kazakhstan carries a particular responsibility to respect, and indeed to promote, human rights and democratic principles. However, while working along an ambitious program for planned future achievements both on the domestic and international arena, Kazakhstan has seen several major steps backwards in the area of human rights over the past two years.
The Egypt Democracy Compass is designed to provide a snapshot of the country’s trajectory, either toward or further away from a truly democratic system, on a monthly basis. The compass will assess progress in eight key components of democratic transition: the constitution, elections, political participation, civilian control and security-sector reform, media freedom and freedom of expression, religious freedom, peaceful assembly and civic activism, and judicial independence and rule of law.