South Sudan

9.4 million people
Not Free
Not Free

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More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

The Obama administration’s high-profile initiatives to embrace Africa have given short shrift to ethical leadership, democracy, and good governance.

The current peace negotiations on Syria and South Sudan hold out the hope of mitigating and even resolving two of the world’s most destructive civil wars. But the talks are undermined by the glaring absence of women, who account for most of the millions of people displaced by the conflicts and will have an important role to play in any postconflict political process.


Freedom House is deeply concerned by Sudan’s armed forces targeting civilian populations. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has apparently taken advantage of the international community’s attention on fighting in South Sudan to launch a military offensive against civilians in territories controlled by political rivals.


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Freedom House provides support to civil society to bolster their capacity to advocate more vigorously for democratic reforms and to be more effective in engagement with the Government of South Sudan.