Freedom House condemns the Niger government’s detention in January 2014 of four journalists, and calls for the immediate release of those who remain in detention without charge. These unlawful detainments impede the ability of journalists to speak freely, and demonstrate a clear violation of freedom of the press and freedom of expression, guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Senior Program Associate, Rights & Justice Initiatives
October 10, 2013
On October 11 and 12, the AU will meet in an extraordinary summit to discuss pulling out of the Rome Statute, the agreement that created the ICC. Such a decision would have major implications both for ICC itself and for accountability for perpetrators of human rights abuses in Africa and around the world. The nearly three dozen African countries that are currently party to the Rome Statute must vote against this proposal and reaffirm their commitment to justice for victims, an end to impunity at the highest levels for the gravest crimes, and an international system that supports the rule of law.
The progress that sub-Saharan Africa has achieved in building democracy over the past generation is coming undone. After two decades of significant gains, the continent has experienced a steady decline in democracy over the last several years.
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.