Senegal needs to act beyond performative acceptance of recommendations on digital rights and ensure adequate protection of these rights.

Senegal is a West African country with a population of 17.7 million. Its 2001 Constitution provides for various human rights including the right to freedom of expression, privacy, association, assembly and many others. The Senegalese enjoy a relatively independent and diverse media and free speech, but restrictions and legal threats remain an obstacle. Digital rights protection faces a number of challenges in that some of the laws in force infringe on press freedom and digital rights. These laws include provisions of Article 5 and 192 of the Press Code; Articles 254, 255, and 258 of the Penal Code; and article 28 of the draft Electronic Communications Code. These challenges are also accentuated by inadequate implementation of Law No. 2008-12 of 25 January 2008 on data protection. In addition to this, journalists and voices critical of the government face arrests.

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    Households with internet access in 2018

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    Individuals using internet in 2020

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    Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2020

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    Press Freedom Ranking in 2022

Upr cycle

Senegal was last reviewed in November 2018. Their next review is in 11 months, which is scheduled for November 2023. It is currently in the National Consultation phase of its UPR cycle. To find out more about the UPR lifecycle click on the Uproar Tools button

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