Violent Elections Underscore Rights Concerns

New report shows that Sub-Saharan Africa is moving towards democracy despite violence and intimidation

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that elections held throughout sub-Saharan Africa in 2011 signaled a growing formal commitment to democratic rule.

However, in its World Report 2012, the organisation states that Africa's leaders deployed violence and curtailed rights during election periods and beyond to hold on to power.

HRW Africa director, Daniel Bekele, points out that this past year demonstrated the desire of so many Africans to choose their own leaders peacefully and fairly, adding, “Sadly, the votes were often marred by government intimidation, army and police abuses, and conflict incited by politicians.”

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