Central and Eastern Europe/Eurasia

Countries & Territories: 38
412 million people
38% free
Press:
27% 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 detention of Belarusian activist Mikita Kavalenka and journalist Alyaksandr Barazenka during a Minsk protest calling for the release of opposition activists is yet another disturbing example of the Lukashenka regime’s attempts to stifle dissent.

The detention of Belarusian activist Mikita Kavalenka and journalist Alyaksandr Barazenka during a Minsk protest calling for the release of opposition activists is yet another disturbing example of the Lukashenka regime’s attempts to stifle dissent.

Freedom House denounces the Kyrgyz Supreme Court’s decision on December 20, 2011, to uphold the life sentence for ethnic Uzbek human rights defender Azimjan Askarov and long-term sentences for seven other ethnic Uzbeks, all citizens of Kyrgyzstan. They were convicted in September 2010, of organizing ethnic clashes and involvement in the murder of a policeman.

Experts

Susan Corke is director for Eurasia programs at Freedom House.

Sylvana Habdank-Kołaczkowska is the project director of Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance from Central Europe to Central Asia.

David J. Kramer is president of Freedom House, which he joined in October 2010.
 
3.2 million people
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9.2 million people
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3.8 million people
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7.5 million people
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4.4 million people
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11 million people
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1.3 million people
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4.3 million people
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35 / 100 (most free)
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10 million people
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17 million people
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55 / 100 (most free)
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5.6 million people
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2.2 million people
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3.2 million people
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2.1 million people
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4.1 million people
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38 million people
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21 million people
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143 million people
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52 / 100 (most free)
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7.3 million people
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2.0 / 7 (least free)
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5.4 million people
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2.1 million people
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7.5 million people
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5.1 million people
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46 million people
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28 million people
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Programs

In Belarus, Freedom House bolsters the capacity of activists by training them on advocacy techniques and on curbing human rights violations perpetrated by the government.

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Freedom House’s American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus coordinates with an international network of activists, journalists, scholars and nongovernmental organizations to advo

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We collaborate with Russia’s two most renowned human rights groups, Memorial and the Moscow Helsinki Group, to help end the increasingly common practice of government manipulation

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In Turkey, we help civil society and government leaders address challenges to citizen participation in the legislative process.

In Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, Freedom House enhances the capacity of local civil society groups to rapidly respond to human rights violations, to provide advocates with the skills

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Countries in Eurasia range from among the best to the worst in the world in regards to the respect for human rights.  Most of the non-Baltic countries of the former Soviet Union rank at or near the