Freedom House again recognizes Ukraine as 'partly free' country

Freedom House Kosovo is partially free

The Freedom House report states that in 2017, political rights and civil liberties around the world have deteriorated to its lowest point for more than a decade and continued a period characterized by self-assured authoritarian rulers under siege democracies and the withdrawal of the United States from its leading role in the world struggle for human freedom.

Freedom House pointed to Mr Erdogan's widespread crackdown in the wake of a failed 2016 coup and the disputed referendum in 2017 which gave the Turkish president widespread new powers.

As for political and civil freedoms, the country got 3 out of 7 points.

The report mentioned that the "mass replacement of elected mayors" with Ankara-appointed officials, the "arbitrary prosecutions of right activists and other perceived enemies of the state", and the continued "purges of state employees" have contributed to a sense of insecurity and self-censorship. Overall, the report found that 71 countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties while only 35 registered gains.

While democracy is "under attack and shrinking" all over the world, Albania continues to be a partially free country, preserving the same positioning as a year ago.

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Democracy does not prevail in a majority of the world according to a recent study. "Democracy's basic tenets-including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law-are under siege around the world".

According to Freedom House, democratic principles weakened globally for the twelfth consecutive year.

However, corrupt and repressive states such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea put global stability at risk by perpetuating long-running regional conflicts, fueling humanitarian crises, and in North Korea's case, rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal.

Freedom House says it is an independent body and its assessment reflects its own examination of the data.

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