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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
2017 Civil Liberties Score
2016 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2017
Afghanistan
6
6
124
Albania
3
3
61
Algeria
5
5
102
Angola
6
6
135
Argentina
2
2
58
Armenia
4
4
100
Australia
1
1
11
Austria
1
1
15
Azerbaijan
6
6
139
Bahrain

6

7

122
Bangladesh
4
4
110
Belarus
6
6
119
Belgium
1
1
8
Benin
2
2
48
Bolivia
3
3
66
Bosnia and Herzegovina
4
3
77
Botswana
2
2
42
Brazil
2
2
55
Bulgaria
2
2
48
Burkina Faso
3
3
74
Burundi
6
6
146
Cambodia
5
5
127
Cameroon
6
6
116
Canada
1
1

9

Country
2017 Civil Liberties Score
2016 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2017
Central African Republic
7
7
128
Chad
6
6
132
Chile
1
1
24
China
6
6
126
Colombia
3
4
66
Congo, Republic of the
5
5
113
Costa Rica
1
1
21
Cote d'Ivoire
4
4
80
Croatia
2
2
36
Cuba
6
6
122
Cyprus

1

1

27
Czech Republic
1
1
26
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
6
6
142
Denmark
1
1
1
Dominican Republic
3
3
60
Ecuador
4
3
108
Egypt
5
5
119
El Salvador
3
3
54
Eritrea
7
7
151
Estonia
1
1
14
Ethiopia
6
6
130
Finland
1
1
2
France
1
1
20
Gabon
5
5
110
Gambia, The
6
6
140
Georgia
3
3
44
Germany
1
1
10
Ghana
2
2
35
Greece
2
2
47
Guatemala
4
4
100
Guinea
5
5
113
Guinea-Bissau
5
5
119
Haiti
5
5
103
Honduras
4
4
110
Hungary
2
2
46
Country
2017 Civil Liberties Score
2016 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2017
India
3
3
52
Indonesia
4
4
61
Iran
6
6
140
Iraq
6
6
132
Ireland
1
1
13
Israel
2
2
31
Italy
1
1
30
Jamaica
3
3
38
Japan
1
1
18
Jordan
5
5
83
Kazakhstan
5
5
137
Kenya
4
4
103
Korea, North
7
7
154
Korea, South
2
2
40
Kosovo

4

4

77
Kuwait
5
5
82
Kyrgyzstan
5
5
113
Laos
6
6
135
Latvia
2
2
31
Lebanon
4
4
97
Lesotho
3
3
61
Liberia
4
4
86
Libya
6
6
144
Lithuania
1
1
22
Macedonia
3
3
96
Madagascar
4
4
103
Malawi
3
3
65
Malaysia
4
4
83
Mali
4
4
75
Mauritania
5
5
93
Mauritius
2
2
34
Mexico
3
3
72
Moldova
3
3
70
Mongolia
2
2
37
Morocco
4
4
98
Mozambique
4
4
85
Myanmar
5
5
124
Namibia
2
2
38
Nepal
4
4
86
Netherlands
1
1
6
New Zealand
1
1
7
Nicaragua
4
3
98
Niger
4
4
80
Nigeria
5
5
86
Norway
1
1
2
Country
2017 Civil Liberties Score
2016 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2017
Oman
5
5
93
Pakistan
5
5
106
Panama
2
2
52
Papua New Guinea
3
3
48
Paraguay
3
3
71
Peru
3
3
58
Philippines
3
3
57
Poland
2
1
33
Portugal
1
1
19
Qatar

5

5

76
Romania
2
2
42
Russia
6
6
132
Rwanda
6
6
89
Saudi Arabia
7
7
116
Senegal
2
2
51
Serbia
2
2
55
Sierra Leone
3
3
68
Singapore
4
4
73
Slovakia
1
1
29
Slovenia
1
1
22
Somalia
7
7
147
South Africa
2
2
44
South Sudan

7

6

138
Spain
1
1
28
Sri Lanka
4
4
89
Sudan
7
7
149
Sweden
1
1
2
Switzerland
1
1
5
Syria
7
7
153
Taiwan
2
2
25
Tajikistan
6
6
142
Tanzania
4
4
93
Thailand
5
5
118
Togo
4
4
89
Trinidad and Tobago
2
2
42
Tunisia
3
3
64
Turkey
5
4
108
Turkmenistan
7
7
151
Uganda
5
5
106
Ukraine
3
3
68
United Arab Emirates
6
6
77
United Kingdom
1
1
12
United States
1
1
16
Uruguay
1
1
17
Uzbekistan
7
7
150
Venezuela
5
5
145
Vietnam
5
5
128
Yemen
6
6
148
Zambia
4
4
89
Zimbabwe
5
5
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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