Freedom of Assembly
The right to assemble peacefully is a fundamental prerequisite for any open and self-governing society. While most countries’ constitutions promise freedom of assembly, far fewer governments uphold this basic right without undue restrictions.  
Protests Erupt Around the Globe
A striking number of new citizen protest movements have emerged over the past year, reflecting the inexhaustible and universal desire for fundamental rights. However, these movements have in many cases confronted deeply entrenched interests that are able to endure considerable pressure and are willing to use deadly force to maintain power. The protests of 2019 have so far failed to halt the overall slide in global freedom, and without greater support and solidarity from established democracies, they are more likely to succumb to authoritarian reprisals. To learn more about how protests impacted the state of global freedom, read the Freedom in the World 2020 report. 
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Freedom House in the Media:
As Dictators Target Citizens Abroad, Few Safe Spaces Remain
June 4, 2021
The brazen arrest of a Belarusian activist has terrified dissidents all over the world
May 30, 2021
The brazen arrest of a Belarusian activist has terrified dissidents all over the world
May 30, 2021
News & Perspectives:
Sudan: Freedom House Condemns Killing of Peaceful Protesters by Security Forces
PRESS RELEASE May 13, 2021
Azerbaijan: Authorities Detain Peaceful Activists on International Women’s Day
PRESS RELEASE March 8, 2021
Belarus: Freedom House Condemns Intensifying Attacks on Human Rights Defenders and Lawyers
PRESS RELEASE February 16, 2021
Russia: Freedom House Condemns Imprisonment of Navalny; Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters and Journalists
PRESS RELEASE February 2, 2021
Hong Kong: Human Rights Groups Condemn Mass Arrests
JOINT STATEMENT January 8, 2021
Hong Kong: Freedom House Condemns Mass Arrest of Prodemocracy Activists, Politicians
PRESS RELEASE January 6, 2021
Featured Analysis:
The Spread of Anti-NGO Measures in Africa: Freedoms Under Threat
SPECIAL REPORT May 1, 2019
Voices in the Streets
SPECIAL REPORT February 12, 2015
Featured Experts
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Director, Africa Programs
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