Global Freedom of Expression


Our mission is to vigorously advance the free flow of information and expression within the global community and we are committed to expanding the understanding of international and national norms and institutions that best protect these rights. We recognize that we are not alone in this endeavor and our work would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to:

An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. The Institute is committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors. IIE’s mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide through managing scholarships, training, exchange and leadership programs, conducting research and facilitating policy dialogue on global higher education, as well as protecting scholarship around the world.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. They seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. The Foundations also help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.They implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The essential task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work for Norway’s interests internationally: to safeguard the country’s freedom, security and prosperity.

Partners: is a platform for the promotion of freedom of expression in the digital environment in Brazil. They advocate for dialogue between academia, law and civil society through the dissemination of information.  They also have been developing a repository of analyses of more than 100 court cases as well as academic papers that serve as a source for research and promoting a qualified debate on freedom of expression in Brazil.

HuMENA for Human Rights and Civic Engagement has come to light in April 2018 by a group of human rights experts, civil society actors, and academics from Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Humena aims to advocate the adoption of human rights-based approach (RBA) through applying change to power relations, strengthen accountability, promoting the protection of the rights of the most marginalized, and strengthening partnerships among NGOs in the region. Humena also supports democracy and democratic transitions in the MENA region and works on protecting the rights of individuals and groups in the MENA, and promoting human rights, civil liberties, freedom of expression and participation; that are essential for social stabilization, durable peace, and active citizenship.


The Spanish Version of the Case Law Database

In Cooperation with:

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

Support for the Spanish Case Law Database is part of a regional capacity building and knowledge sharing project entitled Fostering the Role of the Judiciary System as Key Players in Promoting and Protecting Freedom of Expression in Latin America.  More than 3000 professionals of the Judicial Systems of 22 countries in Ibero-America already took part of these activities, with a strong support of the Ibero-American Judicial Summit, the Ibero-American Network of Schools of Judges and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Expression.

Dejusticia is a center for legal and social studies based in Bogotá, with the mission of strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights in Colombia and the Global South.  They are a research and advocacy center that produces rigorous investigation to promote social change, as well as campaigns, litigation, and educational and training programs. Since 2005, Dejusticia works in the following research areas: anti-discrimination, social, economic and cultural rights, rule of law, environmental justice, judicial systems, transitional justice, and drug policy. Their approach has three components: producing knowledge that contributes to understanding system failures and violations of rights; impacting the design of public policy through action campaigns, strategic litigation and participation in media and academic discussions; and promoting human rights training by using diverse formats and reaching a broad range of audiences —such as academics, judges, activists, grass-roots communities and policy-makers— through workshops, courses and conferences.

The Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP) is a non-governmental organization in charge of monitoring attacks on freedom of the press in Colombia, developing activities that contribute towards protecting journalists, media outlets, and other citizens who exercise freedom of expression on matters of public interest in Colombia. It also promotes freedom of expression and access to information. FLIP provides advisory services and support to journalists so that freedom of expression is guaranteed by the state and recognized by the public as an important value in society. This is developed by promoting the strengthening of the fundamental right to freedom of expression from a broad perspective in analog and digital environments.

Universidad Externado de Colombia is one of the country’s leading universities, dedicated to teaching and research in the social and human sciences. With over 10 academic departments, 17 undergraduate programs and 80 graduate options, the University frames its activities within a pluralist philosophy, open to all schools of thought, removed from dogmatism and respectful of all religious beliefs and political ideologies. The University promotes tolerance as a formula for accomplishing peace and progress within heterogeneity, welcomes students from every region in Colombia and considers diversity one of its major assets. In harmony with its liberal spirit, the University believes freedom is an inalienable right of all humans, has faith in democracy, in advancing the fight to perfect the social state under the Rule of Law, while seeking equality in the social and economic spheres and the respect of fundamental rights.

University de los Andes was founded in 1948 as the first institution of secular character and independent of political parties in Colombia. Universidad de los Andes is the only private university in the country whose accreditation has been renewed for the maximum period possible, ten years, by the Ministry of National Education (resolution 582 of January 9, 2015). It is classified by Times Higher Education as the fifth best university in Latin America and by QS as number 256 in the world and first in Colombia Colombia (QS University Rankings: Latin America.)

With the support of:

The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

Swedish development cooperation helps reduce poverty in the world. Their support contributes to economic and political development in poor countries. This strengthens their democracy and creates conditions for people to lift themselves out of poverty.

ALAI is an international non-profit organization that seeks to develop Internet in Latin-America an the Caribbean. It’s main values are freedom, education, innovation, entrepreneurship, economic growth and empowerment of users.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. They seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.