Freedom House mourns the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died today of natural causes at the age of 95. Mandela was the most influential South African of his generation and his inspirational leadership was crucial to ending Apartheid and securing his country’s peaceful transition to democracy.
Freedom House applauds the South African Supreme Court of Appeal’s order that South African authorities investigate high level Zimbabwean officials accused of crimes against humanity in Zimbabwe. The court said such crimes strike “at the whole of humankind and impinge on the international conscience.” Freedom House calls on authorities to bring alleged perpetrators of international crimes to justice.
As South Africa’s National Assembly prepares to review the draconian information bill, Freedom House calls for a thorough overhaul of this draft legislation to provide stronger protections for freedom of expression and access to information.
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.
In September 2012, Freedom House led an International Freedom of Expression Mission to South Africa in order to address ongoing concerns about the passage of the repressive Protection of State Information Bill and the implementation of a government-controlled Media Appeals Tribunal. T