Freedom House reduces Turkey's status to 'not free' in annual report


This is not the first year the organization has observed democratic decline around the world.

The United States (US)-based organisation released its annual Freedom in the World Report for 2017, called "Democracy in Crisis", in which it examined the condition of global political rights and civil liberties of 195 countries.

Freedom House President Michael Abramowitz said in the report that democratic governments allow people to help set the rules to which all must adhere, and have a say in the direction of their lives and work.

Monitors concluded that the 2017 elections were generally credible, although there were reports for votes being bought and procedural problems, the report underlines. "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".

A state of emergency was declared in 2016 after the infamous failed putsch against Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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These scores are used to determine two numerical ratings, for political rights and civil liberties, with a rating of 1 representing the freest conditions and 7 the least free.

Freedom House rated 88 countries as "free", 58 as "partly free" and 49 as "not free" in 2017.

With 30 points out of a possible 100, Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) is also ranked partly-free, as was Georgia in Armenia's north.

Mongolia, Canada, Australia, USA and western European countries are in the list of free countries.

The report says that over the period since the 12-year global slide began in 2006, 113 countries have seen a net decline, and only 62 have experienced a net improvement.