14 December, 2017

Please join the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation for a seminar with Alexander Solovyev, Andrey Dmitriev and Gigi Ugulava on the state of human rights in Europe’s East.

Alexander Solovyev

Andrey Dmitriev

Gigi Ugulava






Blasieholmsgatan 4A, Stockholm
Thursday, December 14 at 15.30-17.00

RSVP: hjalmarsonstiftelsen@moderaterna.se or +46 8 676 81 05

The seminar will also be sent live and can be watched on Facebook and YouTube.


Freedom House has released its 42nd edition of its annual report Freedom in the World – a global survey of political and civil rights. The report is the oldest and most authoritative of democracy and human rights.

The report finds an overall decline in the state of freedom for the ninth consecutive year. More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an increase of terrorist attacks contributed to the decline in global freedom in 2014.

As evidence of a growing disdain for democratic standards that was found in nearly all regions of the world, cites Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a rollback of democratic improvements in Egypt, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s intensified campaign against press freedom and civil society, and further centralisation of authority in China.

Read the press release at Freedom House’s website

Read the full report here

Deltagare under konferensen

Deltagare under konferensen

Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) is one of the leading think-tanks in Turkey and attracts students from all over the country to its seminars. The base is in Ankara, but April 11-13 2014, a number of students and university professors met in Istanbul to discuss the core values of democracy. The conference was organized together with Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and inspired by the book Principles for a Free Society, exclusively written by Dr. Nigel Asford for the Foundation. (more…)

Freedom in the World 2014

January 23rd, 2014   Human rights | News

Freedom House has today released the 41st edition of its annual report Freedom in the World – a global survey of political and civil rights. The report is the oldest and most authoritative report of democracy and human rights. (more…)

Tuesday August 20, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged a seminar in Stockholm with Dr. Nigel Ashford from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, on how we can protect genuine human rights. The seminar is now available online. (more…)

June 18, the American think-tank Freedom House released this year’s edition of the annual report Nations in Transit.

The desire for democratic change in Eurasia was met with increased repression in most authoritarian regimes during the last year. Increased corruption and censorship of critical media outlets as well as an increased pressure on civil society organisations characterize the developments in a majority of Eurasian countries, according to the report.

Read the report

Discussions on political justice, courts and human rights in Turkey today

Discussions on political justice, courts and human rights in Turkey

June 10-11, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a round-table conference in Stockholm together with the think-tank European Stability Initiative (ESI) on political prisoners in Europe, focusing on the situation in the Council of Europe and its member states. (more…)

The proportion of the world’s population living in societies with free press is the lowest in over a decade, according to Freedom House,  publishing its annual report “Freedom of the Press” on May 1.

Regimes are increasingly trying to censor and block the new forms of “citizen journalism” that has developed during the previous years due to technological developments, not least with social media.

The financial crisis has also affected the press and cuts that have led to reductions in the diversity of media actors and a decrease in the media’s ability of being a watchdog can be observed in many countries.

Read the full report

Dictatorships around the world increasingly cooperate with each other. In a recent article, the American think tank Freedom House describes how this “authoritarian internationalism” challenges democracy and reduces freedom around the world.

Read the article from Freedom House

A new report from Freedom House stresses the need for a new American policy towards the Kremlin.

The report covers the state of human rights and democracy in Russia since Putin took power in 2000. It serves as a reminder that the repressive measures enacted over the past eight months do not amount to a new direction for Russia, but rather a continuation of trends that have dominated Russian politics throughout the Putin era.

It further advances a series of proposals for American policy in the coming years.

Read the report