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Visible and Invisible Bars: Political Imprisonment, Civil Death, and the Consequences of Democratic Erosion

In their latest report, Freedom House delves deep into the grim reality of political imprisonment and civil death tactics utilized by authoritarian regimes. From baseless accusations against opposition leaders to the suppression of democratic voices, this report exposes the widespread and subtle methods of repression used to silence critics. Discover the disturbing findings and stories of those affected, shedding light on the urgent need for defending democratic values worldwide

The report is based on interviews with 42 country experts, supplemented by desk research. Among those interviewed were civil society actors, human rights defenders, journalists, researchers, and academics; several of them who have endured political imprisonment and elements of civil death themselves. Quotations have been lightly edited for clarity.