Freedom House strongly condemns the refusal of Côte d’Ivoire’s Laurent Gbagbo to accept an African Union panel’s recommendation that he turn over power to Alassane Ouattara, the legitimate winner of last November’s election.
Freedom House is concerned about continuing post-election unrest in Côte d’Ivoire and calls upon President Laurent Gbagbo to respect the democratic process by accepting the findings of international monitors and begin a peaceful transition of power.
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.
Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House. The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.
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