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African heads of state recently gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, for the 24th summit of the African Union. While discussions focused on high-profile continental crises such as the Boko Haram insurgency and the Ebola epidemic, an important phenomenon was, unsurprisingly, left off the agenda: the deteriorating situation for political and civil liberties in much of East Africa.

In response to the introduction of the International Human Rights Defense Act in the House of Representatives, Freedom House issued the following statement.

As African heads of state gather in Addis Ababa for the 24th summit of the African Union, Freedom House issued the following statement:

What happens when democracies are guilty of backsliding? 

Democracy has been under threat around the world for many years from authoritarian rulers, military leaders and terrorist groups. Last year the pressures intensified significantly.

Today an Ethiopian court decided to recognize formal charges against the Zone Nine bloggers and journalists, who have been imprisoned for nine months. 

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