Freedom House Releases Subcategory and Aggregate Scores for Freedom in the World

Washington, D.C.

Freedom House today released the subcategory scores from its Freedom in the World 2006 survey.

Today's release is part of Freedom House's effort to be more transparent about its ratings systems with the hope of fostering greater dialogue within countries about specific areas in need of reform. The more detailed data will also help to inform decision-making by the Millennium Challenge Corporation and other donor agencies that factor in an assessment of human rights and freedom in determining their assistance priorities. 

The scores are available here.

Freedom in the World is Freedom House's annual assessment of the state of freedom - which is determined by an evaluation of country performance in seven key subcategories within political rights and civil liberties.  These subcategory evaluations are the foundation for the overall ratings for political rights and civil liberties, which in turn determines whether a country falls into the category of Free, Partly Free or Not Free.  

"In recent years, we have seen increased attention to the ratings process for Freedom in the World, particularly as a result of the U.S. government's decision to use the publication's ratings as part of the allocation process for the Millennium Challenge Account," said Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director of Freedom House. "We hope that the release of this data will spark greater discussion within countries about the areas that need further reform and facilitate better understanding about our ratings process," she added.

The seven subcategories that Freedom House uses to evaluate the level of political rights and civil liberties experienced in a country represent fundamental cornerstones of freedom. They include the ability of individuals to:

  • participate freely in a political process;
  • vote freely in legitimate elections;
  • have representatives that are accountable to them;
  • exercise freedoms of expression and belief;
  • be able to freely assemble and associate;
  • have access to an established and equitable system of rule of law;
  • have social and economic freedoms, including equal access to economic opportunities and the right to hold private property.

In addition, Freedom House is releasing the aggregate scores for the past three years of the survey's history.  A country can receive a maximum a score of 40 for political rights and a maximum of 60 for civil liberties.

Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world, has published Freedom in the World since 1972. The survey currently covers 192 countries and 14 related and disputed territories.

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