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The Freedom House Annual Survey employs a Civil Liberties checklist to help monitor the progress and decline of human rights worldwide. Each country is rated on a seven-category scale, 1 representing the most free and 7 the least free. These 7 categories are laid out below.

Country
2015 Civil Liberties Score
2014 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2015
Afghanistan
6
6
132
Albania
3
3
60
Algeria
5
5
91
Angola
5
5
130
Argentina
2
2
64
Armenia
4
4
94
Australia
1
1
12
Austria
1
1
14
Azerbaijan
6
6?
138
Bangladesh
4
4
99
Belarus
6
6
141
Belgium
1
1
8
Benin
2
2
49
Bhutan
4
4
73
Bolivia
3
3
60
Bosnia and Herzegovina
3
3
79
Botswana
2
2
40
Brazil
2
2
54
Bulgaria
2
2
46
Burkina Faso
3
3
76
Burundi
5
5
127
Cambodia
5
5
120
Cameroon
6
6
114
Canada
1
1
9
Country
2015 Civil Liberties Score
2014 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2015
Central African Republic
7
7?
120
Chad
6
6
126
Chile
1
1
21
China
6
6
122
Colombia
4
4
84
Congo, Republic of the
5
5
109
Costa Rica
1
1
22
Cote d'Ivoire
4
4
87
Croatia
2
2
34
Cuba
6
6
119
Czech Republic
1
1
25
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
6
6
135
Denmark
1
1
1
Dominican Republic
3
3?
55
Ecuador
3
3
70
Egypt
5
5
111
El Salvador
3
3
47
Eritrea
7
7
147
Estonia
1
1
14
Ethiopia
6
6
124
Finland
1
1
1
France
1
1
19
Gabon
5
5
109
Gambia, The
6
6
127
Georgia
3
3
44
Germany
1
1
10
Ghana
2
2
33
Greece
2
2
53
Guatemala
4
4
105
Guinea
5
5
114
Guinea-Bissau
5
5
118
Haiti
5
5
107
Honduras
4
4
111
Hungary
2
2
41
Country
2015 Civil Liberties Score
2014 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2015
India
3
3
50
Indonesia
4
4?
60
Iran
6
6
142
Iraq
6
6
132
Ireland
1
1
11
Israel
2
2
31
Italy
1
1
29
Jamaica
3
3
37
Japan
1
1
17
Jordan
5
5
79
Kazakhstan
5
5
135
Kenya
4
4
105
Korea, North
7
7
150
Korea, South
2
2
38
Kuwait
5
5
78
Kyrgyzstan
5
5
114
Laos
6
6
139
Latvia
2
2
36
Lebanon
4
4
96
Lesotho
3
3
51
Liberia
4
4
88
Libya
6
5
135
Lithuania
1
1
23
Macedonia
3
3
63
Madagascar
4
4
102
Malawi
4
4
84
Malaysia
4
4
82
Mali
4
4
74
Mauritania
5
5
86
Mauritius
2
2
32
Mexico
3
3
68
Moldova
3
3
66
Mongolia
2
2
35
Morocco
4
4
100
Mozambique
3
3
79
Myanmar
6
6
125
Namibia
2
2
39
Nepal
4
4
98
Netherlands
1
1
5
New Zealand
1
1
7
Nicaragua
3
3
91
Niger
4
4
83
Nigeria
5
4
96
Norway
1
1
4
Country
2015 Civil Liberties Score
2014 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2015
Oman
5
5
94
Pakistan
5
5
108
Panama
2
2
57
Papua New Guinea
3
3
75
Paraguay
3
3
70
Peru
3
3
59
Philippines
3
3
55
Poland
1
1
23
Portugal
1
1
20
Romania
2
2
44
Russia
6
5
129
Rwanda
6
5
91
Saudi Arabia
7
7
102
Senegal
2
2
51
Serbia
2
2
47
Sierra Leone
3
3
65
Singapore
4
4
72
Slovakia
1
1
28
Slovenia
1
1
25
Somalia
7
7
145
South Africa
2
2
43
Spain
1
1
27
Sri Lanka
5
4
114
Sudan
7
7
144
Sweden
1
1
1
Switzerland
1
1
6
Syria
7
7
146
Taiwan
2
2
30
Tajikistan
6
6
132
Tanzania
3
3
67
Thailand
5
4
111
Togo
4
4
100
Trinidad and Tobago
2
2
42
Tunisia
3
3
57
Turkey
4
4
88
Turkmenistan
7
7
149
Uganda
5
4
102
Ukraine
3
3
69
United Arab Emirates
6
6
76
United Kingdom
1
1
12
United States
1
1
14
Uruguay
1
1
17
Uzbekistan
7
7
147
Venezuela
5
5
143
Vietnam
5
5
130
Yemen
6
6
140
Zambia
4
4
90
Zimbabwe
6
6
122



 

Are there free and independent media, literature and other cultural expressions?
 (Note: In cases where the media are state-controlled but offer pluralistic points of view, the Survey gives the system credit.)

Are there free religious institutions and is there free private and public religious expression?

Is there freedom of assembly and demonstration?

Is there freedom of political or quasi-political organization?

Are there free trade unions and peasant organizations or equivalents, and is there effective collective bargaining? Are there free professional and other private organizations? (Note: This includes political parties, civic organizations, ad hoc issue groups, etc.)

Is there an independent judiciary?

Does the rule of law prevail in civil and criminal matters? Is the population treated equally under the law? Are police under direct civilian control?

Is there protection from political terror, and from unjustified imprisonment, exile or torture, whether by groups that support or oppose the system, and freedom from war and insurgency situations? (Note: Freedom from war and insurgencies enhances the liberties in a free society, but the absence of war and insurgencies does not in and of itself make a not free society free.)

Is there freedom from extreme government indifference and corruption?

Is there open public discussion and free private discussion?

Is there personal autonomy? Does the state control travel, choice of residence, or choice of employment? Is there freedom from indoctrination and excessive dependency on the state?

Are property rights secure? Do citizens have the right to establish private businesses? Is private activity unduly influenced by government officials, the security forces, or organized crime?

Are there free religious institutions and free private and public religious expressions?

Are there personal social freedoms, including gender equality, choice of marriage partners, and size of family?

Is there equality of opportunity, including freedom from exploitation by or dependency on landlords, employers, union leaders, bureaucrats or any other types of obstacles to a share of legitimate economic gains?
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