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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
2016 Civil Liberties Score
2015 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2016
Afghanistan
6
6
124
Albania
3
3
61
Algeria
5
5
96
Angola
6
5
132
Argentina
2
2
63
Armenia
4
4
102
Australia
1
1
11
Austria
1
1
16
Azerbaijan
6
6
141
Bahrain

7

  120
Bangladesh
4
4
111
Belarus
6
6
128
Belgium
1
1
8
Benin
2
2
49
Bolivia
3
3
65
Bosnia and Herzegovina
3
3
77
Botswana
2
2
41
Brazil
2
2
54
Bulgaria
2
2
47
Burkina Faso
3
3
73
Burundi
6
5
142
Cambodia
5
5
126
Cameroon
6
6
115
Canada
1
1

9

Country
2016 Civil Liberties Score
2015 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2016
Central African Republic
7
7
128
Chad
6
6
133
Chile
1
1
23
China
6
6
124
Colombia
4
4
85
Congo, Republic of the
5
5
113
Costa Rica
1
1
20
Cote d'Ivoire
4
4
80
Croatia
2
2
35
Cuba
6
6
120
Cyprus

1

  27
Czech Republic
1
1
25
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
6
6
139
Denmark
1
1
1
Dominican Republic
3
3
58
Ecuador
3
3
71
Egypt
5
5
119
El Salvador
3
3
50
Eritrea
7
7
152
Estonia
1
1
14
Ethiopia
6
6
127
Finland
1
1
1
France
1
1
20
Gabon
5
5
110
Gambia, The
6
6
143
Georgia
3
3
44
Germany
1
1
10
Ghana
2
2
34
Greece
2
2
52
Guatemala
4
4
102
Guinea
5
5
113
Guinea-Bissau
5
5
120
Haiti
5
5
105
Honduras
4
4
112
Hungary
2
2
44
Country
2016 Civil Liberties Score
2015 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2016
India
3
3
48
Indonesia
4
4
61
Iran
6
6
143
Iraq
6
6
133
Ireland
1
1
11
Israel
2
2
32
Italy
1
1
30
Jamaica
3
3
38
Japan
1
1
17
Jordan
5
5
81
Kazakhstan
5
5
133
Kenya
4
4
105
Korea, North
7
7
154
Korea, South
2
2
39
Kosovo

4

  79
Kuwait
5
5
81
Kyrgyzstan
5
5
115
Laos
6
6
133
Latvia
2
2
37
Lebanon
4
4
96
Lesotho
3
3
57
Liberia
4
4
87
Libya
6
6
143
Lithuania
1
1
24
Macedonia
3
3
92
Madagascar
4
4
105
Malawi
3
4
63
Malaysia
4
4
81
Mali
4
4
75
Mauritania
5
5
91
Mauritius
2
2
33
Mexico
3
3
70
Moldova
3
3
68
Mongolia
2
2
36
Morocco
4
4
101
Mozambique
4
3
85
Myanmar
5
6
123
Namibia
2
2
40
Nepal
4
4
92
Netherlands
1
1
6
New Zealand
1
1
7
Nicaragua
3
3
96
Niger
4
4
81
Nigeria
5
5
88
Norway
1
1
4
Country
2016 Civil Liberties Score
2015 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2016
Oman
5
5
95
Pakistan
5
5
105
Panama
2
2
55
Papua New Guinea
3
3
74
Paraguay
3
3
69
Peru
3
3
58
Philippines
3
3
56
Poland
1
1
25
Portugal
1
1
19
Qatar

5

  76
Romania
2
2
42
Russia
6
6
133
Rwanda
6
6
92
Saudi Arabia
7
7
117
Senegal
2
2
52
Serbia
2
2
50
Sierra Leone
3
3
66
Singapore
4
4
72
Slovakia
1
1
29
Slovenia
1
1
22
Somalia
7
7
147
South Africa
2
2
43
South Sudan

6

  133
Spain
1
1
28
Sri Lanka
4
5
96
Sudan
7
7
149
Sweden
1
1
3
Switzerland
1
1
5
Syria
7
7
153
Taiwan
2
2
31
Tajikistan
6
6
139
Tanzania
4
3
88
Thailand
5
5
118
Togo
4
4
96
Trinidad and Tobago
2
2
44
Tunisia
3
3
58
Turkey
4
4
102
Turkmenistan
7
7
150
Uganda
5
5
105
Ukraine
3
3
67
United Arab Emirates
6
6
78
United Kingdom
1
1
11
United States
1
1
15
Uruguay
1
1
17
Uzbekistan
7
7
150
Venezuela
5
5
143
Vietnam
5
5
130
Yemen
6
6
147
Zambia
4
4
88
Zimbabwe
5
6
130



 

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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