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Freedom in the World 2010

Earlier this month Freedom House released its findings from the latest edition of Freedom in the World, the annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. According to the survey’s findings, 2009 marked the fourth consecutive year in which global freedom suffered a decline—the longest consecutive period of setbacks for freedom in the nearly 40-year history of the report.
These declines were most pronounced in Sub-Saharan Africa, although they also occurred in most other regions of the world. Furthermore, the erosion in freedom took place during a year marked by intensified repression against human rights defenders and democracy activists by many of the world’s most powerful authoritarian regimes, including Russia and China. Freedom in the World 2010 reflects developments that took place in the calendar year 2009. The full survey, including the individual country reports, will be available in late spring 2010.

Here you can find the overview essay which details trends identified in Freedom in the World 2010, including global and regional gains and setbacks for freedom.

The graphs and statistical tables of the survey, you can access by clicking here. For more information about methodology, questions and country reports,click here and visit the main Freedom in the World website.

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