People in Dakar, Senegal.  of Senegal Editorial credit: Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com

Senegal

Senegal is one of Africa’s most stable electoral democracies and has undergone peaceful transfers of power between rival parties since 2000. However, politically motivated prosecutions of opposition leaders and changes to the electoral laws have reduced the competitiveness of the opposition in recent years. The country is known for its relatively independent media and free expression, though defamation laws continue to constrain press freedom. Other ongoing challenges include corruption in government, weak rule of law, and inadequate protections for the rights of women and LGBT+ people.

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Freedom in the World — Senegal Country Report

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