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Freedom House issued the following statment in solidarity with the participants of this year’s Global Week of Action for Democracy in Swaziland. 

In response to Swaziland’s Supreme Court ordering for the release of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist Bheki Makhubu, imprisoned after the publication of articles critical of the co

In response to Swaziland's Minister of Labor and Social Security ordering that all worker and employer unions immediately stop operations, Freedom House issued the following statement:

Southern Africa is facing a number of democracy challenges that SADC needs to take a leading role in addressing.



Signature Reports

Special Reports

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.


Since 2009, Freedom House supports civil society in Swaziland to ensure that a stronger citizen voice can be generated and then properly translated to the national and regional stage where political reforms will be negotiated by a cohesive and effective civil society.