People in Khartoum, Sudan. Editorial credit: Claudiovidri /


The military leaders and civilian protesters who ousted the repressive regime of Omar al-Bashir and his National Congress Party (NCP) in 2019 are uneasy partners in a transitional government that—if successful—will be replaced by an elected government in 2022. Civic space is slowly opening to individuals and opposition parties, but security personnel associated with the abuses of the old regime remain influential, and their commitment to political freedoms and civil liberties is unclear.

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Freedom in the World — Sudan Country Report

Sudan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

Freedom on the Net— Sudan Country Report

Sudan is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.

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Countries in the Spotlight

Freedom in the World's Countries in the Spotlight features countries that experienced important developments in 2019 that affected their democratic trajectory, and deserve special scrutiny in 2020. In Sudan, prodemocracy protest movement overcame violent reprisals to secure a power-sharing deal with the military, which overthrew entrenched dictator Omar al-Bashir under pressure from the demonstrators. View the full report to see the other Countries in the Spotlight.