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Freedom House mourns the loss of Osman Hummaida, an ardent advocate for human rights in his native Sudan and throughout Africa. 

The decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the discriminatory section of the Chieftainship Act so that first-born daughters cannot inherit chieftainship is a step backwards for gender equality in Lesotho. The Court of Appeal has allowed discriminatory customary law to supersede the rights of women.

Freedom House and a  broad coalition of  African and international NGOs urge President Barack Obama to give civil society a prominent role in the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit to be held August 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The summit is an opportunity for the United States to engage African leaders on the development of strong democratic institutions and respect for the rights of citizens.

A Freedom House survey finds that 47 percent of South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 may not vote in national and provincial elections on May 7. 

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