Table of Country Scores
PR = Political Rights
CL = Civil Liberties
CL, PR, Freedom Rating Explanation: 1 = most free and 7 = least free
Aggregate Score Explanation: 0 = least free, 100 = most free
* denotes territories, as opposed to independent countries
|Freedom Status||PR||CL||Freedom Rating||Aggregate Score||Trend Arrow|
|West Bank *||Not Free||7||5||6.0||28|
|Western Sahara *||Not Free||7||7||7.0||4|
- With populist and nationalist forces making significant gains in democratic states, 2016 marked the 11th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.
- There were setbacks in political rights, civil liberties, or both, in a number of countries rated “Free” by the report, including Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, and the United States.
- Of the 195 countries assessed, 87 (45 percent) were rated Free, 59 (30 percent) Partly Free, and 49 (25 percent) Not Free.
- The Middle East and North Africa region had the worst ratings in the world in 2016, followed closely by Eurasia.