South Africa

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Freedom House released a statement in response to South Africa’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

Social justice activist Thandeka Kathi discusses the challenge of securing both political rights and basic economic rights for informal communities in South Africa.

Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies

As politicians around the world chip away at democratic institutions, South Africa’s recent elections show that ordinary voters can still help put their countries back on course.

Freedom House calls on President Zuma to urgently address South Africa's epidemic of gender-based violence.

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Project Director, Southern Africa
Senior Director for Program Strategy, Development and Learning

Vukasin Petrovic serves as the Senior Director for Program Strategy and as the Technical Director for USAID funded Human Rights Support Mechanism.

Signature Reports

Special Reports

Strengthening participation of young people in South Africa's electoral and democratic processes

The political parties vary in impressions as to the specificity (or not) of issues that concern the youth. The issues are both substantive (concerning aspects of public policy and government action) and procedural (relevant to participation in elections and politics). Parties strive to expand their use of social media. However, the diverse demographic backgrounds of their supporters dictate that they will use a mix of traditional media (pamphlets, newsletters, speeches, door-to-door grassroots visits), intermediary electronic media (SMS and email), and social or new media (Twitter, Facebook, Mxit, WhatsApp, Google broadcasts, podcasts).

Programs

Freedom House undertook rapid conflict assessments in 16 at-risk communities in six provinces throughout South Africa. 

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