Zimbabwe Elections Background Available | Freedom House

Zimbabwe Elections Background Available

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As Zimbabwe prepares to hold parliamentary elections on Thursday, March 31, Freedom House has made available its latest report on the state of political rights and civil liberties in the African nation.

The report will be featured in Freedom House's forthcoming annual global survey, Freedom in the World 2005. Zimbabwe is rated Not Free, and ranks among the world's most repressive regimes according to Freedom House's rating system. Its Political Rights score declined this year due to government repression of political opponents, civil society activists, and independent media representatives.

The Zimbabwe report is available online.

As the Freedom House report points out, Zimbabwean citizens "cannot change their government democratically." Freedom House reported last week that President Robert Mugabe's government is withholding food aid from supporters of opposition parties and preventing opposition candidates from accessing the media.

Since 1978, Freedom House has published Freedom in the World, an annual comparative assessment of the state of political rights and civil liberties in 192 countries and 14 related and disputed territories. Data for Freedom in the World 2005 is available online.

Additional information on Zimbabwe may be found at:

Countries at the Crossroads 2004

Freedom of the Press 2005

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