Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets—including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law—came under attack around the world.
Seventy-one countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties, with only 35 registering gains. This marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.
Geneva, 25 May 2017
RE: Addressing the pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia
The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to persistent and grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia and the pressing need to support the establishment of an independent, impartial and international investigation into atrocities committed by security forces to suppress peaceful protests and independent dissent.
November 14, 2016
Internet freedom around the world declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 as more governments aggressively targeted social media and communication apps than ever before, according to the Freedom on the Net 2016 report released today by Freedom House.
The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia, including the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.
As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to convene for its 33rd session between 13 – 30 September 2016, we urge your delegation to prioritise and address through joint and individual statements the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia.
An escalating human rights crisis in Oromia and Amhara Regions
3 May 2016 To: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)
ACHPR Commissioner on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan, Mr Lawrence Mute
Government of Sudan
UN Human Rights Council
UN Independent Expert on the situation of Human Rights in Sudan, Mr Aristide Nononsi
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Mr. Maina Kiai
cc: African Union Peace and Security Council
UN Security Council
Re. Open Letter concerning excessive use of force by Sudanese authorities
(31 March 2016) The efforts of the Government of Sudan to obstruct the engagement of civil society activists in a United Nations (UN)-led human rights review of the country is unacceptable and shows blatant contempt not just for human rights defenders in Sudan, but to human rights standards and the UN Human Rights Council, 36 Sudanese and international groups and seven prominent Sudanese individuals said today.
In response to Sudanese authorities in Khartoum violently dispersing peaceful protestors, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“The government of Sudan continues to forcibly suppress dissent and undermine citizens’ right to assemble,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. “The beating and arrest of peaceful demonstrators protesting a project that would uproot thousands of Sudanese and destroy valuable heritage sites shows the government’s disregard for fundamental rights.”
New York, October 29, 2015
We are writing to urge the UN Security Council to hold another formal session, open to the public and media, on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. Freedom in the World 2015 found an overall drop in freedom for the ninth consecutive year.
Pakistan must investigate Inter-Services Intelligence over attacks against journalists
Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the military’s premier spy agency, over its alleged involvement in journalist attacks, said Amnesty International on the third anniversary of the abduction and killing of journalist Saleem Shahzad.
Jan 16 2013
Middle East Gains Provoke Intensified Repression
Washington - Calls for U.S. Leadership as Democracy Declines for Seventh Year
The emergence of popular movements for reform were the driving force behind major gains in the Middle East last year, according to Freedom in the World 2013, Freedom House’s annual report on the state of global freedom. However, a number of regions experienced setbacks due to a hardened and increasingly shrewd authoritarian response to these movements.
The Enough Project and a coalition of international NGOs call on President Obama to lead the response on the crisis in eastern Congo and to appoint a special Presidential Envoy to support peace efforts in the region.
Dear Mr. President:
We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, are concerned that the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has yet to take the necessary steps to ensure that the process of drafting the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) is transparent and fully consultative with civil society organizations in the ASEAN region.
In a joint statement released on April 8th (full text below), over 130 local, national and regional civil society organizations across the ASEAN region called on AICHR to implement the following steps:
The Middle East and North Africa saw dramatic if precarious gains in press freedom in 2011, and for the first time in eight years, global media freedom did not experience an overall decline, according to a Freedom House report released today. However, due to downgrades in some previously free countries, the percentage of the world’s population living in societies with a fully free press has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade.
Freedom of expression and Information actors' engagement with the UPR in Uganda
Best practices and lessons; a stakeholder's perspective
Introduction to the UN mechanism of the Universal Periodic review The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new state-led mechanism, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The opening set of reviews occurred in 2008 whereby all 192 UN member states were reviewed in the preceding to which Uganda fell in 2011.
The Honorable Mr. Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
January 13, 2011
Global freedom suffered its fifth consecutive year of decline in 2010, according to Freedom in the World 2011, Freedom House's annual assessment of political rights and civil liberties around the world. This represents the longest continuous period of decline in the nearly 40-year history of the survey.
For the fourth consecutive year, global declines in freedom outweighed gains in 2009, as measured by Freedom House's annual survey of political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World 2010.
This document analyses the degree of freedom
enjoyed by the individuals in the various countries of the World. It is
divided into the following sections:
- Regional trends
- The relationship between freedom and terrorism
- The fate of illiberal democracies: do elections really not matter?
- Foreign aid: creating incentives for liberalization
- Conclusions: the lessons of 2004.
This document is based on the 2004 Freedom in the World survey, performed by the Freedom House.