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LGBTI People Face Harsh Laws in Both Free and Unfree Countries

Freedom House | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Freedom House

Supporters of LGBTI rights should not overlook the democracies that continue to exclude some of their citizens from the equal protection of the law.

From Ferguson to Cairo

Freedom House | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Freedom House

Clearly, Ferguson is not Gaza, or Bahrain, or Egypt. As many activists in those countries would note, the situations are simply not in the same category in terms of scale, severity, or political context. But no one should be satisfied merely with the fact that there is less tear gas and deadly police violence in the United States than in authoritarian countries.

The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality

Freedom House | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

While innovation has flourished under the free-market system, this does not mean that regulation and innovation are mutually exclusive.

'Most Dangerous' for Children and Human Rights

Freedom House | Posted 08.08.2014 | Impact
Freedom House

Children reaching the United States should be considered refugees and be granted temporary protected status until they can be guaranteed a safe return to their homes.

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

African Authoritarianism 2.0

Freedom House | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Freedom House

Authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate their countries' legal frameworks, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in office. This rule by law has supplanted rule of law in many African countries, with troubling consequences for democracy.

Breaking Iraq's Cycle of Destruction

Freedom House | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Freedom House

The sad truth of the present situation is that the current Iraqi leadership effectively paved the way for ISIL's deadly ascent through policies that actively aggravated sectarian rifts and undermined the resilience of security forces.

From Traitors to Blasphemers?

Marium Chaudhry | Posted 07.23.2014 | Media
Marium Chaudhry

Now the media is a deep, deep purple, reflecting shades of darkness, a silent oath broken as we watch Pakistan's media violently self-destruct.

Russia Goes for Gold in Internet Regulation

Freedom House | Posted 05.02.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Gigi Alford Freedom House, Internet Freedom Senior Program Officer Don't look now, Silicon Valley, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has set h...

Rulers Who Use the Social Media They Ban

Freedom House | Posted 04.26.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Cyrus Rassool Program Associate, Internet Freedom Iran's rulers have actively used social media for international diplomacy and even for mess...

Joshua Hersh

Turkey Approves Harsh New Internet Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.07.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Turkey's Parliament approved a law on Thursday that would grant sweeping new powers to the government to censor and monitor the Int...

What Next for the ICC in Africa?

Freedom House | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Freedom House

by Kimberly Brody Senior Program Associate, Rights & Justice Initiatives On October 11 and 12, the African Union (AU) held an extraordinary summit...

The Many Types of Online Censorship

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President and Danilo Bakovic, Director, Internet Freedom Program Internet censorship comes in a wide variet...

Africa and the ICC Are Stronger Together

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Freedom House

by Kimberly Brody Senior Program Associate, Rights & Justice Initiatives at Freedom House The International Criminal Court (ICC) routinely faces t...

Disengage in Egypt: Take Neither Side as the Country Collapses into Violence

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Instead of acting as the regime's enabler, the Obama administration should "reset" relations with Cairo. The U.S. should cut off all aid and withdraw America's ambassador. If Washington has any influence to exercise, it should do so quietly and informally

As Goes Egypt, So Goes Tunisia? Not Quite

Freedom House | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Russell Raymond Program Associate, Middle East and North Africa In the past week, dueling demonstrations have occupied public spaces in Tunisia'...

Drivel from Dictators

Freedom House | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Dictators come up with some pretty lame excuses for abusing the rights of their citizens. And these ex...

Was Morsi Egypt's Nixon?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Former U.S. President Richard Nixon and his ousted Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi may not have much in common at first glance, but during their periods in office they both clashed with the judiciary, and this ultimately led to their downfalls.

Private Data, Secret Surveillance, and the Need for Public Debate

Freedom House | Posted 08.13.2013 | Technology
Freedom House

by Gigi Alford Program Officer, Internet Freedom and Ilana Ullman Program Associate, Internet Freedom Almost as troubling as the recent revelations...

The 'Menace' of Social Media

Freedom House | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Shannon Coyne Senior Program Associate, Internet Freedom Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded last week to the burgeoning protes...

In Need of Change, Tajikistan Gets a Crackdown

Freedom House | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Nate Schenkkan ( Follow on Twitter at @nateschenkkan) Senior Program Associate, Eurasia When Zayd Saidov announced in April that he and some othe...

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia 2013

Freedom House | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Freedom House

by Chloe Schwenke Vice President of Global Programs On May 17, human rights activists and concerned individuals from around the world will once ag...

PHOTOS: When Prison Inmates Become Designers

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 05.14.2013 | HuffPost Home

Many of the tiny homes we've come across have interesting backstories, but this model for living small is particularly unusual. The "Freedom Room" is ...

Shining the Light on Press Freedom Worldwide

Rep. Adam Schiff | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Rep. Adam Schiff

While progress is being made on the press freedom front, we've also seen that the percentage of people worldwide who enjoy a free media environment has fallen to its lowest point in more than a decade.

In Religious Freedom Debate, Nonbelievers Must Not Be Ignored

Freedom House | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Billy Ford, Senior Program Associate, International Religious Freedom and Cyrus Rassool, Program Associate, Regional Programs According to a 20...