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Several countries in sub-Saharan Africa recovered last year from earlier violence, but Freedom in the World 2014 found that the improvements were outweighed by crackdowns and new civil conflicts in other parts of the continent.
The region’s authoritarian rulers have made it a bastion of repression, according to the findings of Freedom in the World 2014. While countries to the west have democratized and pursued European integration, most of Eurasia has been left behind.