Nothing to Celebrate: The 17 Least-Free Places in the World

Foreign Policy Magazine

Photo Credit: ANT Berezhnyi


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. 2012 was the seventh consecutive year that Freedom House's "Freedom in the World" report, an annual index of political and civil liberties across the globe, showed more declines than gains worldwide. Of the 47 places rated "not free," the following countries and territories were particularly repressive last year, earning the unfortunate distinction of the "Worst of the Worst" in the report.

Click here to see a photo slideshow of the 'Worst of the Worst' countries.

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