Americas

Countries & Territories: 38
940 million people
69% free
Press:
48% free

News & Updates

The political uprisings that have swept the Arab world over the past year represent the most significant challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism, according to Freedom in the World 2012, the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual global survey of political rights and civil liberties. 

The situation for human rights activists in Mexico remains grave as evidenced by the murder of Nepomuceno Moreno, who was shot to death while crossing the street in Hemosillo, Mexico.

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On November 4, Freedom House released the findings from Countries at the Crossroads 2011, at a panel discussion hosted by The Atlantic Council.

Radio journalist Wilson Cabrera was notified of a judicial order against him just minutes before boarding a plane to Washington D.C. for the 143rd Assembly of the Inter American Court of Human Rights.

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Experts

Viviana Giacaman is the director for Latin America programs at Freedom House.

88 thousand people
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40 million people
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357 thousand people
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274 thousand people
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318 thousand people
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1.5 / 7 (least free)
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10 million people
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3.0 / 7 (least free)
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197 million people
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29 / 100 (most free)
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34 million people
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17 million people
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47 million people
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4.7 million people
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11 million people
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6.5 / 7 (least free)
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87 / 100 (most free)
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73 thousand people
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10 million people
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15 million people
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6.2 million people
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105 thousand people
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15 million people
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757 thousand people
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10 million people
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4.5 / 7 (least free)
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7.8 million people
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4.0 / 7 (least free)
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2.7 million people
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115 million people
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3.0 / 7 (least free)
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32 / 100 (most free)
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5.9 million people
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3.6 million people
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6.6 million people
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3.0 / 7 (least free)
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29 million people
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50 thousand people
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172 thousand people
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529 thousand people
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1.3 million people
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312 million people
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13 / 100 (most free)
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3.4 million people
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29 million people
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5.0 / 7 (least free)
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46 / 100 (most free)
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Programs

Freedom House promotes civil society engagement with the Organization of American States and the United Nations by preparing and bringing activists from different countries to international forums

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Over the past 12 years, Venezuela has seen a steady decline in democratic governance resulting in a more restrictive environment for activists and the press.

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Nicaragua has experienced decay in democratic governance as the official party has taken control over state institutions resulting in less transparency and accountability, including the recent elec

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Mexico is among the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism.

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In less than five years since taking office, President Rafael Correa has turned Ecuador into one of the more restrictive countries for freedom of expression in Latin America and taken steps to assault freedom of association.

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Cuba is the only country in the Americas that consistently makes Freedom House’s list of the Worst of the Worst: the World’s Most Repressive Societies for widespread abuses of political ri

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Civil society is witnessing increased restrictions for freedom of Association and Assembly.

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The Americas are second only to Western Europe in levels of freedom and the respect for human rights.  Nonetheless, a rise in violent crime and in populist governments with authoritarian tendencies

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