Democracy during Pandemic
The coronavirus outbreak presents a range of new challenges to democracy and human rights. Repressive regimes have responded to the pandemic in ways that serve their political interests, often at the expense of public health and basic freedoms. Even open societies face pressure to accept restrictions that may outlive the crisis and have a lasting effect on liberty.
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Featured Analysis
Freedom on the Net 2020: The Pandemic's Digital Shadow
The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a dramatic decline in global internet freedom, contributing to a broader crisis for democracy worldwide.
Special Report: Democracy under Lockdown
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the condition of democracy and human rights has grown worse in 80 countries, according to the latest research from Freedom House in partnership with the polling and research firm GQR.
Principles for Protecting Civil and Political Rights During Pandemic
Freedom House calls on governments to protect civil and political rights during and after fight against the coronavirus pandemic by following these principles.
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Venezuela: UN Fact-Finding Mission Underscores Grave and Persistent Rights Abuses
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New Report: The global decline in democracy has accelerated
PRESS RELEASE March 3, 2021
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Internet Freedom Is Under Attack in The Middle East and North Africa
PERSPECTIVES January 19, 2021
The Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples in Southern Africa
PERSPECTIVES December 10, 2020
Report: Digital Election Interference Widespread in Countries Across the Democratic Spectrum
PRESS RELEASE December 7, 2020
In the Media
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December 28, 2020
Which is The Economist’s country of the year?
December 19, 2020
Report: The Pandemic Is Not Good For Freedom And Democracy. But There Are Exceptions
November 16, 2020
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