CIVICUS Monitor, an online database that monitors abuses of civic freedoms, downgraded Benin from Obstructed to Repressed.
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Freedom House no longer gives Benin high marks as “free” country and this is attributed to the actions of the current president.
After a twenty-three-year rule by one president and a de facto one-party state, Gambia saw the inauguration of a new and promising leader, Adama Barrow.
In a dozen countries across Africa, governments have put laws that “improperly constrain” nongovernmental organizations and imperil civil society.
Voting was peaceful and turnout high in Guinea-Bissau , where voters cast ballots for a new parliament with hopes of ending years of political turmoil.
A group of lawyers and judges— all of them female, are coming together to fight Spousal abusers, child abusers and even rapists, in Sierra Leone.
Liberian police charged 61-year-old son of country’s ex-president, Ellen Johnson, in connection with banknote scandal worth millions of U.S. dollars.
The Global Slavery Index, published annually by human rights group Walk Free Foundation, estimates that 2 percent of the population are still enslaved.
Vote counting has begun in Senegal after a peaceful day of voting in Sunday’s presidential election. CENA says results will be out Monday or Tuesday.
Senegal’s President Macky Sall is counting on the success of his economic record to propel him to win a second term in Sunday’s elections.