Youth employability in a modern, global economy remains of paramount importance, but equally crucial is affording youth the space and investment in their principled leadership for them to have a greater say over their future.
Freedom House’s latest Freedom in the World report paints a bleak picture of democracy and human rights in Africa overall, with 88 percent of the population living in countries designated either Not Free or Partly Free. Nevertheless, there were a number of small victories on the continent during 2013, even in countries where the prevailing trend remains negative.
Freedom House is outraged by the sentencing in Senegal of two men to six months in prison on the basis of their sexual orientation. Freedom House calls for their immediate release without condition and encourages the Senegalese government to recognize its international commitments to universal human rights, and to show leadership in protecting sexual minorities against persecution.
Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, LGBTI Rights, Rule of Law
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.