Freedom House is proud to launch freedomhouse/mexico, a Spanish-language subsite that features news, publications, and updates related to Mexico as well as information on Freedom House programs based out of Mexico City.
The decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the discriminatory section of the Chieftainship Act so that first-born daughters cannot inherit chieftainship is a step backwards for gender equality in Lesotho. The Court of Appeal has allowed discriminatory customary law to supersede the rights of women.
Freedom House and a broad coalition of African and international NGOs urge President Barack Obama to give civil society a prominent role in the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit to be held August 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The summit is an opportunity for the United States to engage African leaders on the development of strong democratic institutions and respect for the rights of citizens.
Although it has been described in the Economist as “Africa’s New Number One,” Nigeria has long struggled with problems of poor governance, corruption, religious conflict, and the persecution of vulnerable groups—notably LGBTI people.