People on the Niger River, Niger. Editorial credit: Catay /


Niger saw its first transfer of power between democratically chosen presidents in the 2020–21 elections, though the polls were impacted by allegations of fraud and sometimes-violent protests.
The struggle to meet security challenges posed by active militant groups has served as an alibi for the government to restrict civil liberties. Security, transparency, and gender equality are limited.

People gather in Myanmar to protest the February 1, 2021 military coup. (Image credit: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Freedom in the World — Niger Country Report

Niger is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.