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New on the Freedom Collection: Jestina Mukoko
Watch the new interview with Jestina Mukoko, a civil society activist from Zimbabwe, on the Freedom Collection. A former television journalist, Jestina cofounded the Zimbabwe Peace Project, a nongovernmental organization that monitors and documents political violence in Zimbabwe. In 2008, she was abducted, held incommunicado, and tortured by state agents for her activism. In her interview, Jestina Mukoko describes her harrowing ordeal and the aftereffects of her imprisonment. But she remains committed to her work, saying, “I think as a human rights defender, one can never be very safe in Zimbabwe, because we are always considered to be agents of regime change. And yet, the work that I do is very clear, that I am concerned about the violence that affects Zimbabweans by other Zimbabweans.” Watch her interview here. This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection.
Chinese Prisoner’s Death Holds a Message for Americans and China
Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner died this week. His death holds a message for Americans and for China.
Release of Chinese Political Prisoner a Timely Reminder to Support Freedom Advocates Abroad
More than half the world’s population still lives in countries where basic political rights and civil liberties are only partly respected, if at all.
Bringing Freedom to the Forefront of 21st Century Politics
Global challenges like authoritarian capitalism, violent extremism, demographic pressures, and displaced populations have placed global freedom in decline.