WASHINGTON, June 6 (RIA Novosti)
Washington-based Freedom House think tank warned on Wednesday of rising antidemocratic tendencies in Hungary and Ukraine that have the potential to take root elsewhere in the region.
“Negative developments in Hungary and Ukraine are at the forefront of an antidemocratic trend in Central and Eastern Europe that raises serious questions about the durability of the European Union’s young democracies,” Freedom House said in the Nations in Transit 2012 report.
According to the report, Ukraine, which saw a brief democratic opening after the Orange Revolution in 2004, “has suffered significant decline in an alarmingly short period of time.”
“Under the Yanukovych government, Ukraine’s Nations in Transit ratings worsened in five categories year on year, with a steep decline in judicial framework and independence and an overall democracy score that is rapidly approaching its pre–Orange Revolution level,” the report said.
Freedom House warned that the negative trend in Ukraine, along with a steep decline of the overall democracy score in a number of EU aspirants in the Balkans, may jeopardize “the prospects for widening the circle of democratic states in Europe.”
The details of the report will be released later on Wednesday at the Legatum Institute in London, and on June 7 in Brussels in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.
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- DariusWhat about freedom for nations?22:00, 06/06/2012Freedom of the individual should not be above the freedom of his/her nation.
Because my freedom does not mean much to me if my nation is not free!
- jgSore losers23:49, 06/06/2012"Freedom House" are just annoyed that the candidates whom they helped to power through an undemocratic revolution have since been removed in a democratic election.
On December 7, 2004, U.S. House Representative Ron Paul criticized Freedom House for allegedly administering a U.S.-funded program in Ukraine where "much of that money was targeted to assist one particular candidate." Paul said that
"one part that we do know thus far is that the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), granted millions of dollars to the Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the U.S.-based Freedom House. PAUCI then sent U.S. Government funds to numerous Ukrainian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This would be bad enough and would in itself constitute meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. But, what is worse is that many of these grantee organizations in Ukraine are blatantly in favor of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko."
- PETEPETEPETEGood news to me...05:17, 07/06/2012This tells me that the Ukrainian and Hungarian leadership are not playing along with this "New World Order" stuff. I'm happy.
- SirkoAmerican Running Dog Pollacks10:01, 08/06/2012Freedom House my ass.
Of course they want traitors like Yushchenko and Tymoshenko. American Pollacks like tha asshole Brzezinky are behind all the mayhem in the Ukraine.
Erdogan will continue to help consolidate Islam’s influence in public life and use Islam as a political issue. It is hard to say what Turkey will do in the Muslim world, but Erdogan obviously does not need any more turmoil in neighboring countries.