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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 2013 Civil Liberties Score 2012 Civil Liberties Score Democracy Rank 2013
Afghanistan 6 6 139
Albania 3 3 63
Algeria 5 5 91
Angola 5 5 120
Argentina 2 2 63
Armenia 4 4 91
Australia 1 1 9
Austria 1 1 17
Azerbaijan 5 5 131
Bangladesh 4 4 94
Belarus 6 6 142
Belgium 1 1 8
Benin 2 2 47
Bhutan 5 5 72
Bolivia 3 3 61
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 3 56
Botswana 2 2 39
Brazil 2 2 54
Bulgaria 2 2 46
Burkina Faso 3 3 74
Burundi 5 5 126
Cambodia 5 5 122
Cameroon 6 6 116
Canada 1 1 10
Country 2013 Civil Liberties Score 2012 Civil Liberties Score Democracy Rank 2013
Central African Republic 5 5 110
Chad 6 6 135
Chile 1 1 20
China 6 6 118
Colombia 4 4 83
Congo, Republic of the 5 5 97
Costa Rica 1 1 21
Cote d'Ivoire 5 6? 106
Croatia 2 2 35
Cuba 6 6 122
Czech Republic 1 1 26
Dem. Rep. of the Congo 6 6 140
Denmark 1 1 1
Dominican Republic 2 2 58
Ecuador 3 3 68
Egypt 5 5 103
El Salvador 3 3 53
Eritrea 7 7 146
Estonia 1 1 15
Ethiopia 6 5 125
Finland 1 1 3
France 1 1 16
Gabon 5 5 110
Gambia, The 6? 5 132
Georgia 3 3 49
Germany 1 1 10
Ghana 2 2 33
Greece 2 2 51
Guatemala 4 4 103
Guinea 5 5 113
Guinea-Bissau 5? 4 122
Haiti 5 5 103
Honduras 4 4 108
Hungary 2 1 33
Country 2013 Civil Liberties Score 2012 Civil Liberties Score Democracy Rank 2013
India 3 3 52
Indonesia 3 3 62
Iran 6 6 143
Iraq 6 6 126
Ireland 1 1 12
Israel 2 2 30
Italy 1 2 43
Jamaica 3 3 40
Japan 2 2 28
Jordan 5 5 85
Kazakhstan 5 5 137
Kenya 4? 3 94
Korea, North 7 7 150
Korea, South 2 2 31
Kuwait 5 5? 80
Kyrgyzstan 5 5 120
Laos 6 6 137
Latvia 2 2? 38
Lebanon 4 3 91
Lesotho 3 3 49
Liberia 4 4 85
Libya 5 7 119
Lithuania 1 1 23
Macedonia 3 3 60
Madagascar 4 4 113
Malawi 4 4 80
Malaysia 4 4 79
Mali 5? 3 85
Mauritania 5 5 83
Mauritius 2 2 32
Mexico 3 3 69
Moldova 3 3 63
Mongolia 2 2 36
Morocco 4 4 101
Mozambique 3 3 78
Myanmar 6 7 126
Namibia 2 2 41
Nepal 4 4 98
Netherlands 1 1 7
New Zealand 1 1 5
Nicaragua 4 4 89
Niger 4 4 80
Nigeria 4 4 94
Norway 1 1 4
Country 2013 Civil Liberties Score 2012 Civil Liberties Score Democracy Rank 2013
Oman 5 5 90
Pakistan 5 5 108
Panama 2 2 37
Papua New Guinea 3 3 73
Paraguay 3 3 70
Peru 3 3 55
Philippines 3 3 56
Poland 1 1 22
Portugal 1 1 19
Romania 2 2 48
Russia 5 5 129
Rwanda 6? 5 97
Saudi Arabia 7 6 113
Senegal 3 3 58
Serbia 2 2 45
Sierra Leone 3 3 67
Singapore 4 4 71
Slovakia 1 1 27
Slovenia 1 1 23
Somalia 7 7 147
South Africa 2 2 44
Spain 1 1 25
Sri Lanka 4 4 110
Sudan 7 7 144
Sweden 1 1 1
Switzerland 1 1 6
Syria 7 6 145
Taiwan 2 2 29
Tajikistan 4? 5 135
Tanzania 3 3 63
Thailand 4 4 97
Togo 4 4 116
Trinidad and Tobago 2 2 42
Tunisia 4 5 77
Turkey 4? 3 76
Turkmenistan 7 7 149
Uganda 4 4 101
Ukraine 3 3? 106
United Arab Emirates 6 5 75
United Kingdom 1 1 13
United States 1 1 13
Uruguay 1 1 18
Uzbekistan 7 7 148
Venezuela 5 5? 133
Vietnam 5 5 129
Yemen 6 5 140
Zambia 4 4 88
Zimbabwe 6 6 133



 

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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