Central and Eastern Europe/Former Soviet Union: The 2010 election in Kyrgyzstan, which followed the collapse of the government earlier in the year, was considered relatively free and fair and resulted in a status improvement from Not Free to Partly Free.Gains were also noted in Georgia and Moldova. Ukraine dropped from Free to Partly Free, and Nagorno-Karabakh fell from Partly Free to Not Free. Other declines were seen in Hungary and Latvia.
This event will be webcast live at www.freedomhouse.org
Freedom in the World 2011: The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy
Jan 13, 2011, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20036
Please join us as we release the findings of Freedom in the World 2011, the latest edition of Freedom House's annual assessment of political and civil rights in every country in the world.
David J. Kramer, Executive Director, Freedom House
Overview of Freedom in the World 2011 Findings:
Arch Puddington, Director of Research, Freedom House
* Susan Glasser, Editor in Chief of Foreign Policy
* Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
* Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
* Tom Malinowski, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
* Arch Puddington, Director of Research, Freedom House
The year 2010 featured a series of disturbing events that brought into sharp relief the challenges confronting the partisans of global freedom. China created an unprecedented international incident over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. In Egypt, patently rigged parliamentary elections resulted in a landslide victory for the ruling party of long-time president Hosni Mubarak. Elections in Belarus had similar results, on top of unprecedented levels of violence. Parliamentary supporters of Hugo Chavez pushed through a series of measures to further solidify the current regime's authoritarian grip in Venezuela. Making matters worse, the increasing assertiveness of the world's most powerful authoritarian regimes is matched by a growing inability or unwillingness of the world's democracies-whether in North America, Europe, India, South Africa, Brazil, or elsewhere-to respond to the challenge.
As reflected in Freedom in the World 2011, the annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties published by Freedom House, the condition of freedom worsened for the fifth consecutive year during 2010. While the degree of decline for the year was modest, the five-year downward trajectory is the longest period of backsliding since Freedom in the World was first published in 1972, and places in jeopardy earlier gains in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the former communist world that were made in the post-Cold War era.