Armenia Is the Most Free Country Among EAEU Countries

Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) are rated as “partly free” countries in the Freedom in the World – 2017 report, released by  the Freedom House non-governmental organization.

The report assesses the situation with the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens in 195 independent countries and 15 disputed territories. The worst indicator is 0, the best – 100. Armenia scored 45 points, and Artsakh – 33 points.

The report provides an assessment of the level of political rights (PR) and civil liberties (SL) on the scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is  the maximum level of freedom and 7 is the minimum.  In terms of PR Armenia scored  5 points, and 4 points in terms of HR. Artsakh scored in both categories 5 points.

Of other post-Soviet states included in the list of  ”partly free” countries are  Georgia (64 points), Kyrgyzstan (37),  Moldova (62) and Ukraine (61). The list of “not free” countries includes Azerbaijan (14), Belarus (20) Kazakhstan (22) Russia (20), Tajikistan (11), Turkmenistan (3) and Uzbekistan (3). Iran (17) is rated as ‘not free,’ while Turkey (38) as ‘partly free.

Of the 195 countries assessed, 87 (45 percent) were rated ‘free’, 59 (30 percent) ‘partly free’, and 49 (25 percent) ‘not free’. The most ‘free’ countries are Finland, Norway, Sweden (100), Canada (99), Uruguay (98), Denmark, and Iceland (97). 

The most “not free” countries are Eritrea, North Korea and Uzbekistan (3 points). Syria minus 1 point. This group included 49 states or 25%.