Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso's transitional president and prime minister detained on September 16, weeks before upcoming elections. 

More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

As authorities in Burkina Faso declared a national state of emergency, after demonstrators set fire to Parliament and other government buildings and gunfire by police and troops killed at least one

Freedom House released the following statement in response to the thousands of demonstrators in the capital of Burkina Faso.


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Special Reports

Evaluation of 2008-2011 UN Human Rights Council Candidates

On May 21, 2008, the UN General Assembly will elect 15 new Human Rights Council members. Twenty countries are candidates. Freedom House and UN Watch evaluated each candidate’s suitability for election to the Human Rights Council by examining its record of human rights protection at home and its record of human rights promotion at the UN.

Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa 2007

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.


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