Nothing to Celebrate: The Worst of the Worst for Freedom in 2013 | Freedom House

Nothing to Celebrate: The Worst of the Worst for Freedom in 2013

Foreign Policy

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As the land of the free commemorates Independence Day this year, it is worth remembering the countries that have little to celebrate and much to fear. And in 2013, there were a lot of them: last year was the eighth consecutive year that Freedom House's Freedom in the World survey, an annual measure of political and civil liberties across the globe, found more countries lost freedom than gained it. The following countries, to the misfortune of their citizens, earned the status of "Worst of the Worst" in 2013: out of the 195 countries examined by Freedom House across categories ranging from the ability to vote freely in legitimate elections to the ability to exercise freedom of belief, these 10 earned the lowest possible ratings on every measure.

Click here to see the list in Foreign Policy.



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