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Freedom House: Georgia still most free in region

Freedom House: Georgia still most free in region

Freedom House has again included Ukraine in the category of partly free countries, according to the organization's new annual report "Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis".

Only 88 out of 195 countries were rated "free", 58 were "partly free" and 49 - "not free" in its latest report.

Specifically referring to the "deeply flawed" April 2017 referendum on shifting to an executive presidential system, the report also blasted the mass dismissals of state employees, "the mass replacement of elected mayors with government appointees, arbitrary prosecutions of rights activists and other perceived enemies of the state".

Tunisia managed to reach the status of a free country in just four years after the 2011 uprising, but Freedom House warned that 2017's "sharp democratic declines" threatened to downgrade the achievement.




In key findings, the organization says that Seventy-one countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties, with only 35 registering gains. The recent democratic opening in Myanmar was permanently damaged by a shocking campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya minority.

"Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets - including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law - came under attack around the world", the report found.

Freedom House concluded that freedom in the USA had suffered under Donald Trump and America was among the country's whose scores had declined, although it was still classified as a free country.

According to Freedom House, Albania also registered a record in terms of its competitive elections, however, political parties were highly polarized and often focusing on party leaders.


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