Freedom On the Decline !

Have you heard of Freedom House?  It is an organization based in the US but has offices around the world.

Great website !

It states:

‘Freedom House works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties. We act as a catalyst for freedom through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action.’

Each year it does a report on the staus of freedom around the world. It assesses the level of human rights, press freedom , in many countries. If you go to their website you can go a map and click on the various countries and get their freedom score and its breakdown.

Their 2017 Report :

Key Findings

With populist and nationalist forces making significant gains in democratic states, 2016 marked the 11th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.

There were setbacks in political rights, civil liberties, or both, in a number of countries rated “Free” by the report, including Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, and the United States.

Of the 195 countries assessed, 87 (45 percent) were rated Free, 59 (30 percent) Partly Free, and 49 (25 percent) Not Free.

The Middle East and North Africa region had the worst ratings in the world in 2016, followed closely by Eurasia.

In other words the majority of countries ( 55%) in the world are not totally free. 

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