Freedom House’s latest Freedom in the World report paints a bleak picture of democracy and human rights in Africa overall, with 88 percent of the population living in countries designated either Not Free or Partly Free. Nevertheless, there were a number of small victories on the continent during 2013, even in countries where the prevailing trend remains negative.
Senior Program Associate, Rights & Justice Initiatives
October 10, 2013
On October 11 and 12, the AU will meet in an extraordinary summit to discuss pulling out of the Rome Statute, the agreement that created the ICC. Such a decision would have major implications both for ICC itself and for accountability for perpetrators of human rights abuses in Africa and around the world. The nearly three dozen African countries that are currently party to the Rome Statute must vote against this proposal and reaffirm their commitment to justice for victims, an end to impunity at the highest levels for the gravest crimes, and an international system that supports the rule of law.
Freedom House applauds the recent decision by the Botswana Courts to protect the right of women to inherit property. This decision is a victory for human rights and women’s rights advocates and sets an important legal precedent for the advancement of women’s eqaulity throughout the region.
Civil Society, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, Women's Rights
Freedom House applauds the recent decision by a Botswana High Court invalidating a customary law which prevents women from inheriting property. This seminal judgment signifies an important step forward in the further development of Botswana’s democracy and is a powerful precedent for the advancement of women’s rights in Southern Africa.
Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.