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Behind a smokescreen of noninterference, the leading democracies of the global south—Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa—have been weak ambassadors for spreading freedom abroad.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Elections
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas

The world’s leading democracies have a poor record of responding to the rise of authoritarianism in their own regions, according to a Freedom House report released today.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas

Following a ruling by the South Africa Constitutional Court ordering the South African Police Service to investigate crimes against humanity committed in Zimbabwe before the 2008 elections, Freedom House released the following statement:

Issues: 
Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
Alyssa Rickard
Program Associate, Africa Programs


The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa’s incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent. 

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Twenty years of South African Democracy


Though they express deep disappointment with the government and its leaders, South Africans retain faith in the country’s 20-year old democracy and strong support for the African National Congress, a new Freedom House report concludes, based on extensive interviews with a cross-section of South Africans.
(Photo Credit: Terje S. Skjerdal)

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.

Programs

In September 2012, Freedom House led an International Freedom of Expression Mission to South Africa in order to address ongoing concerns about the passage of the repressive Protection of State Information Bill and the implementation of a government-controlled Media Appeals Tribunal. T