Freedom House has today released the 41st edition of its annual report Freedom in the World – a global survey of political and civil rights. The report is the oldest and most authoritative report of democracy and human rights.
The state of freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2013 and the most notable developments were in Egypt, which “endured across-the-board reversals in its democratic institutions following a military coup”. Other large, politically influential countries with a serious setback to democratic rights include Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Venezuela, and Indonesia.
The report tells further that more declines in democracy than gains continue to be recorded since 2006. Some positive sign however are Tunisia, the most promising of the Arabic Spring countries in which civil liberties has improved, and Pakistan, were freedom gains due to successful elections and an orderly rotation of power.
David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House, gives an overview of the key findings
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