Sub-Saharan Africa

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997 million people
18% free
Press:
12% free

News & Updates

The political uprisings that have swept the Arab world over the past year represent the most significant challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism, according to Freedom in the World 2012, the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual global survey of political rights and civil liberties. 

Freedom House condemns the brutal crackdown on peaceful, student-led protests in Khartoum and the arrest of more than 70 people by state security forces.

Freedom House condemns the brutal crackdown on peaceful, student-led protests in Khartoum and the arrest of more than 70 people by state security forces.

Freedom House calls for the immediate release of Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, who were found guilty December 21 of “supporting terrorism” and "violating territorial or political sovereignty.”

Experts

Dr. Karlekar is the project director of Freedom of the Press, an annual index that tracks trends in media freedom worldwide.

Dr. Herman is vice president for regional programs at Freedom House, where he oversees a range of programs in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Eurasia.

20 million people
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12 million people
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754 thousand people
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3.9 million people
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68 million people
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23 million people
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720 thousand people
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5.9 million people
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87 million people
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42 million people
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21 million people
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162 million people
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128 million people
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9.9 million people
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42 million people
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Programs

The Swazi state, in its desperate bid to keep a firm grip on power, has attempted to close off almost all civic space.

Combating corruption is a particularly vital undertaking in Namibia, a country listed on the cusp of the ‘most’ corrupt countries in the world.

Nearly three years after the formation of the Government of National Unity (GNU) in February 2009, state-sanctioned violence, arrests of opposition members and activists, and an increasingly closed

The repressive regime has fostered an environment in which political and civil liberties are regularly violated.

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Weak institutions, unevenly distributed development, a vulnerable peace agreement, and renewed interethnic violence all threaten this young and fragile country.

In early 2011, as the winds of political change swept throughout North Africa, Sudanese democracy activists faced a severe crackdown after several protests took place in January and February.

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The role of Ethiopian human rights organizations has become increasingly important due to serious democratic backsliding in that country the past couple of years.  However, their work has been seve

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Bringing perpetrators of human rights abuses to account is central to the fight against impunity.

Through technical assistance and direct financial support, Freedom House is working to strengthen the capacity of the network of human rights organizations in Central Africa.  Assistance is aimed a

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The Africa Institute empowers young professionals in government and civil society to lead with integrity and provides on-going support for their initiatives to catalyze reform in their home institu