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Human Rights Records of African Governments - 2004
Source: U.S. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2004. Released 28 February 2005.

 According to the report, of the 48 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa:
20 African Governments generally respected the human rights of its citizens [Up from 17 in 2003 with the addition of Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Niger in this year's report]; In 15 Countries, the government's overall human rights record was considered poor, although there were notable improvements in some of the problematic areas [Down from 18 in 2003]; An additional 11 governments had human rights records that were considered poor with limited or no progress being made in problematic areas; Two governments [Zimbabwe & Sudan] had human rights records that were considered very/extremely poor.
 
 
Angola - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Benin - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Botswana - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Burkina Faso - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were some improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Burundi - The Transitional Government's human rights record remained poor, and the Transitional Government continued to commit numerous serious human rights abuses.
Cameroon - The Government's human rights record remained poor, and the Government continued to commit numerous serious human rights abuses.
Cape Verde - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Central African Republic - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were some improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Chad - The Government's human rights record remained poor, and the Government continued to commit serious human rights abuses.
Comoros - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Congo-Brazzaville - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were some significant improvements, serious problems remained.
Congo-Kinshasa - In areas under government control, the human rights record remained poor, and numerous serious abuses occurred. 
Côte d'Ivoire - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were some improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Djibouti - The Government's human rights record remained poor, and it continued to commit serious abuses.
Equatorial Guinea - The Government's human rights record remained poor, and the Government continued to commit serious abuses.
Eritrea - The Government's human rights record remained poor, and it continued to commit serious abuses.
Ethiopia - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were improvements, serious problems remained.
Gabon - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were improvements in a number of areas, problems remained.
The Gambia - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Ghana - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Guinea - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were improvements in several areas, serious problems remained.
Guinea-Bissau - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Kenya - The Government's human rights record remained poor, largely due to the abuses of its security forces; although there were a number of improvements, serious problems remained.
Lesotho - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Liberia - During the year, the Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Madagascar - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Malawi - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Mali - The Government generally respected its citizens' human rights.
Mauritania - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were some improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Mauritius - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Mozambique - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were some improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Namibia - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Niger - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Nigeria - The Government's human rights record remained poor, and the Government continued to commit serious abuses.
Rwanda - The Government's human rights record remained poor, and the Government continued to commit serious abuses.
São Tomé and Príncipe - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Senegal - The Government generally respected its citizens' rights.
Seychelles - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Sierra Leone - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Somalia - The country's human rights record remained poor, and serious human rights abuses continued.
South Africa - The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens.
Sudan - The Government's human rights record remained extremely poor, and, although there were improvements in some areas, numerous, serious problems remained.
Swaziland - The Government's human rights record was poor, and the Government continued to commit serious abuses.
Tanzania - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Togo - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were a few improvements, serious problems remained.
Uganda - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were some improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Zambia - The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were some improvements in a few areas, serious problems remained.
Zimbabwe - The Government's human rights record remained very poor, and it continued to commit numerous, serious abuses.