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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
127
Albania
3
3
63
Algeria
5
5
93
Angola
6
5
135
Argentina
2
2
65
Armenia
4
4
98
Australia
1
1
12
Austria
1
1
15
Azerbaijan
6
6
144
Bahrain

7

  111
Bangladesh
4
4
111
Belarus
6
6
139
Belgium
1
1
8
Benin
2
2
49
Bolivia
3
3
63
Bosnia and Herzegovina
3
3
78
Botswana
2
2
41
Brazil
2
2
56
Bulgaria
2
2
47
Burkina Faso
3
3
74
Burundi
6
5
139
Cambodia
5
5
124
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
122
Chad
6
6
130
Chile
1
1
21
China
6
6
125
Colombia
4
4
83
Congo, Republic of the
5
5
111
Costa Rica
1
1
22
Cote d'Ivoire
4
4
83
Croatia
2
2
35
Cuba
6
6
121
Cyprus

1

  24
Czech Republic
1
1
26
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
6
6
135
Denmark
1
1
1
Dominican Republic
3
3
57
Ecuador
3
3
71
Egypt
5
5
119
El Salvador
3
3
48
Eritrea
7
7
151
Estonia
1
1
14
Ethiopia
6
6
125
Finland
1
1
1
France
1
1
20
Gabon
5
5
107
Gambia, The
6
6
139
Georgia
3
3
46
Germany
1
1
10
Ghana
2
2
34
Greece
2
2
50
Guatemala
4
4
102
Guinea
5
5
118
Guinea-Bissau
5
5
120
Haiti
5
5
110
Honduras
4
4
111
Hungary
2
2
43
Country
2016 Civil Liberties Score
2015 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2016
India
3
3
51
Indonesia
4
4
60
Iran
6
6
145
Iraq
6
6
134
Ireland
1
1
11
Israel
2
2
32
Italy
1
1
30
Jamaica
3
3
38
Japan
1
1
16
Jordan
5
5
79
Kazakhstan
5
5
135
Kenya
4
4
106
Korea, North
7
7
154
Korea, South
2
2
38
Kosovo

4

  81
Kuwait
5
5
77
Kyrgyzstan
5
5
116
Laos
6
6
139
Latvia
2
2
37
Lebanon
4
4
98
Lesotho
3
3
52
Liberia
4
4
88
Libya
6
6
139
Lithuania
1
1
22
Macedonia
3
3
86
Madagascar
4
4
102
Malawi
3
4
61
Malaysia
4
4
82
Mali
4
4
73
Mauritania
5
5
86
Mauritius
2
2
33
Mexico
3
3
69
Moldova
3
3
66
Mongolia
2
2
36
Morocco
4
4
102
Mozambique
4
3
80
Myanmar
5
6
125
Namibia
2
2
40
Nepal
4
4
95
Netherlands
1
1
5
New Zealand
1
1
7
Nicaragua
3
3
95
Niger
4
4
83
Nigeria
5
5
90
Norway
1
1
3
Country
2016 Civil Liberties Score
2015 Civil Liberties Score
Democracy Rank 2016
Oman
5
5
93
Pakistan
5
5
107
Panama
2
2
55
Papua New Guinea
3
3
75
Paraguay
3
3
70
Peru
3
3
59
Philippines
3
3
57
Poland
1
1
27
Portugal
1
1
19
Qatar

5

  122
Romania
2
2
44
Russia
6
6
132
Rwanda
6
6
90
Saudi Arabia
7
7
107
Senegal
2
2
52
Serbia
2
2
52
Sierra Leone
3
3
67
Singapore
4
4
72
Slovakia
1
1
29
Slovenia
1
1
24
Somalia
7
7
148
South Africa
2
2
44
South Sudan

6

  127
Spain
1
1
28
Sri Lanka
4
5
95
Sudan
7
7
150
Sweden
1
1
3
Switzerland
1
1
6
Syria
7
7
149
Taiwan
2
2
31
Tajikistan
6
6
138
Tanzania
4
3
90
Thailand
5
5
116
Togo
4
4
98
Trinidad and Tobago
2
2
42
Tunisia
3
3
61
Turkey
4
4
101
Turkmenistan
7
7
153
Uganda
5
5
105
Ukraine
3
3
68
United Arab Emirates
6
6
76
United Kingdom
1
1
12
United States
1
1
16
Uruguay
1
1
16
Uzbekistan
7
7
151
Venezuela
5
5
145
Vietnam
5
5
132
Yemen
6
6
147
Zambia
4
4
89
Zimbabwe
5
6
131



 

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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