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Students raise their hands to show a red cross protest symbol, at the end of a campus blockade at the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) in Budapest, Hungary, 11 November 2020, ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images

Freedom House report warns of spread of autocracy in Europe and Eurasia

Poland and Hungary stand out for their unparalleled democratic deterioration over the past decade, but the majority of countries evaluated in “Nations in Transit” are currently worse off than they were 10 years ago.

Lee Cheuk-yan, one of the pro-democracy activists on trial, speaks to the media, at the West Kowloon Magistrates Courts, Hong Kong, 1 April 2021, Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto

Hong Kong: Freedom House condemns convictions of pro-democracy figures, worsening crackdown

Seven of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy figures were convicted of organizing and taking part in an “unauthorized assembly” in August 2019. It was a massive protest attended by more than a million people who were protesting the proposed amendments to the extradition law.

Members of the Demosisto pro-democracy organisation march to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government, in Hong Kong, 17 June 2016, in support of targeted booksellers and to call for the release of Gui Minhai, South China Morning Post/Felix Wong

How authoritarians target their critics beyond national borders

A new Freedom House report on transnational repression demonstrates how dozens of governments around the world systemically employ violence against exiles and diasporas, reaching beyond national borders to silence dissent.

Hong Kong: Freedom House condemns mass arrest of pro-democracy activists, politicians

Freedom House said the unprecedented crackdown reveals the intention of the Chinese Communist Party to suppress any effort by Hong Kongers to salvage democratic representation.

Hong Kong: Jailing of pro-democracy advocates ‘signals deteriorating rule of law’

Three youth activists were handed prison sentences for their involvement in a protest held in front of police headquarters last year, while the owner of a pro-democracy newspaper will be held in custody on fraud charges until at least next April.

Press conference by the international mission, Mexico City, 6 November 2019, Photo credit: CENCOS

Mexico: Setbacks to freedom of expression in 2020

One year after an International Mission to Mexico, the government has failed to fulfil its commitments, and the freedom of expression situation in the country is worsening.

Hong Kong: The National Security Law’s “creeping impact” on the education sector

Freedom House compiles information on how China’s National Security Law is undermining academic freedom in Hong Kong.

New report by Freedom House shows internet freedom continuing to decline

“The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a dramatic decline in global internet freedom. For the 10th consecutive year, users have experienced an overall deterioration in their rights, and the phenomenon is contributing to a broader crisis for democracy worldwide.”