Category: freedom of association

Post-Erdoganism? Istanbul election shows resilience of Turkey’s democracy

     

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is grappling with the fallout of the ruling party’s big defeat in the Istanbul mayoral election, and his government faces pressure to release political prisoners,… Read more »

‘Freedom under Threat’: Africa’s closing political space

     

  At least a dozen African governments have passed laws that improperly constrain nongovernmental organizations in the last 15 years, while anti-NGO measures are pending in six more, according to… Read more »

Vietnam’s ‘digital dictatorship’ seeks to silence dissidents

     

The European Union (EU) must urge Vietnam to end its ongoing crackdown on peaceful dissent, repeal its repressive laws, and immediately release all political prisoners, according to human rights groups,… Read more »

Democracy in retreat: ‘ominous’ decline around the world, says Freedom House

     

Democracy is undergoing an ‘alarming’ decline around the world, according to the latest annual survey from Freedom House.* The country-by-country report – Freedom In The World 2019 – paints a… Read more »

Russia opens first ‘undesirables’ case: time to recall Lyudmila Alexeyeva

     

A court in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don has ordered house arrest for Anastasia Shevchenko, a coordinator at the Open Russia civil organization, under an “undesirable organizations” law that came… Read more »

Orban’s Hungary offers a ‘glimpse of Europe’s demise’?

     

At a bucolic border post, Western-trained Hungarian counterintelligence agents recently got word that a known operative of Russia’s foreign spy service was driving into Hungary, and asked headquarters for permission… Read more »

Protests ‘reveal desire for change’ in Nicaragua

     

Mass demonstrations in Nicaragua turned deadly when police opened fire on protesters, killing at least 25. The protests started on April 18 when the government sought to introduce social security… Read more »

Egypt’s new NGO law ‘militarizes’ civil society

     

Egypt’s new NGO law has militarized civil society and demonstrates how security leaders have exploited the need to counter a genuine terrorist threat as a justification to suppress political parties,… Read more »

Labor rights deteriorate, democracy diminished

     

Democratic institutions deteriorate when labor rights diminish, research suggests. Similarly, unions serve as what Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam calls “schools for democracy” and also tend to enhance democratization. In which… Read more »

How Africa’s unions enhance democratization

     

Trade unions in Africa contribute to democratization by acting as instruments of political socialization for their members, according to new research. Survey data from 22,000 respondents in 18 African countries… Read more »