Western Sahara

567 thousand people

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As Americans celebrate Independence Day and the world looks nervously toward uncertain political developments in Egypt, it's worth remembering the countries that have little to celebrate.  Click here to see a photo slideshow of the 'Worst of the Worst' countries.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Americas, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe

Special Reports

Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Worst of the Worst 2010

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
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Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2006

A special report detailing the world's most repressive societies, drawn from Freedom in the World 2006, Freedom House's annual global survey on political rights and civil liberties.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Americas, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

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