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.
Freedom in the World — Senegal Country Report
Senegal is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
News & Perspectives on Senegal
Democratic Trends in Africa in Four Charts
April 17, 2020
West Africa's Democratic Progress is Slipping Away, Even as Region's Significance Grows
March 19, 2020
Benin’s Unrest Reflects a Broader Worrying Trend in West Africa
May 10, 2019
Life Sentence of former Chadian Ruler Marks Victory for Accountability
May 30, 2016
Senegal Bans Opposition Rally
February 29, 2016
Senegal Prosecutes LGBT Persons
August 2, 2015