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Freedom House Report Highlights Growing Concerns for Freedom of Expression and Association in Africa

With the recent release of its Freedom in the World 2014 report, global human rights NGO Freedom House paints an underwhelming picture for freedom and civil liberties across the world, and a blurry one in Africa. For the eighth consecutive year, the … Continue reading

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Promising or Precarious? Youth Demographics and Democratization in Africa

The relationship between demographic development and democracy is perhaps nowhere more important than in Africa. The continent currently has more people under age 20 than any other, with the overall population expected to double to two billion by 2050. Scholars and policy … Continue reading

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Public mistrust and dysfunction of South African police echo apartheid. Meanwhile, civil society seeks a break from the past.

A Commission of Inquiry investigating police dysfunction is now entering its fourth week in Khayelitsha, one of South Africa’s largest and fastest growing townships. In August 2012, Western Cape Premier and Democratic Alliance member Helen Zille appointed the Commission in response … Continue reading

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In Uganda, Gay Rights for Sale?

On January 17, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni refused to sign controversial anti-gay legislation passed by the country’s parliament in December. Drawing criticism from human rights advocates around the world, the bill would make “aggravated homosexuality” a crime punishable with up to life in prison. … Continue reading

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