Azerbaijan “Not Free” according to new report

Freedom House’s 2018 report finds a decline in democracy around the world

On 16 January, the international watchdog organization Freedom House

published its annual

Freedom in the World

report

on global freedom and democracy. According to the organization’s analysis, Azerbaijan is “Not Free,” ranked lower than any of its neighbors, including Russia and Iran.

Freedom House’s 2018 report, entitled “Democracy in Crisis,” finds a global decline in political rights and civil liberties, such as free and fair elections, freedom of the press, and the rule of law.

“For the 12th consecutive year, according to

Freedom in the World

, countries that suffered democratic setbacks outnumbered those that registered gains,” the report reads. “States that a decade ago seemed like promising success stories—Turkey and Hungary, for example—are sliding into authoritarian rule.”

Meanwhile, the world’s most powerful democracies are mired in seemingly intractable problems at home, including social and economic disparities, partisan fragmentation, terrorist attacks, and an influx of refugees that has strained alliances and increased fears of the ‘other.’

In the report, countries receive scores from 0 (least free) to 100 (most free) based on analyses of political rights as well as civil liberties.

Azerbaijan received an aggregate score of 12, along with Laos, Ethiopia, Bahrain, and the Gaza Strip. The South Caucasian republic is one of 49 countries labeled “Not Free,” while neighboring Georgia (64 points) and Armenia (45 points) are both labeled “Partly Free.”

Azerbaijan’s score has been

steadily decreasing

since 2016, when it received 16 points.

According to

official website

,

Freedom in the World

is Freedom House’s flagship annual report, assessing the condition of political rights and civil liberties around the world. It is composed of numerical ratings and supporting descriptive texts for 195 countries and 14 territories.

Freedom in the World

has been published since 1973, allowing Freedom House to track global trends in freedom over more than 40 years. It has become the most widely read and cited report of its kind, used on a regular basis by policymakers, journalists, academics, activists, and many others.

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