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Freedom House

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“Freedom House is founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minority communities, and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed.”

Where they work

Freedom House conducts programs in over 30 countries in all regions of the world.

Theory of change

“We speak out against the main threats to democracy and empower citizens to exercise their fundamental rights through a unique combination of analysis, advocacy, and direct support to frontline defenders of freedom, especially those working in closed authoritarian societies.”

What they do
  • Research: Freedom House produces research and reports on a number of core thematic issues related to democracy, political rights and civil liberties.

  • Their flagship publication is Freedom in the World, a standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties.

  • Programs: Freedom House advances the efforts of people around the world to live in freedom and exercise their rights.

  • Regional Programs: Freedom House’s regional programs support human rights and democracy advocates by offering assistance through training, international exchange programs, grant giving, and networking activities; Freedom House als offers “symbolic and moral support through advocacy and visible demonstrations of solidarity”.

  • Emergency Assistance and Thematic Programs: Freedom House provides short-term support to human rights defenders, civil society organizations and survivors of severe religious persecution by funding legal defenses, helping injured activists get medical treatment, replacing journalists’ confiscated computers, helping persecuted activists relocate, etc.

  • Advocacy: Freedom House advocates for U.S. leadership and collaboration with like-minded governments to oppose dictators and oppression, and strengthen democracy around the world.

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  • As a research-based organization, Freedom House does not provide evidence backing their programs and activities.

  • Freedom House’s own research combines on-the-ground research, consultation with local contacts, and information from news articles, NGOs, governments, and other sources.

  • Ex: Freedom in the World, Freedom House analyzes the electoral process, political pluralism and participation, the functioning of the government, freedom of expression and of belief, associational and organizational rights, the rule of law, and personal autonomy and individual rights.

  • Freedom on the Net measures each country’s level of internet freedom based on a set of methodology questions divided into three categories: obstacles to access, limits on content, and violations of user rights.

  • Freedom in the World has become the “Michelin Guide to democracy’s development,” influencing domestic and foreign educators, scholars, politicians, and governments.

  • The Freedom in the World  model has been translated into other annual reports on media and internet freedom.

  • In the past, Freedom House has taken part in high level political activities, including the defense of dissidents in the USSR during the Cold War, in South Africa during Apartheid, and today in Latin America, Eurasia, East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

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