Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies | Freedom House

This picture taken on March 30, 2011 shows an inmate pushing his hand out through a hole on a window grille at the Berbera prison in Somalia's breakaway republic of Somaliland (Photo: Tony Karumba /AFP/Getty Images)

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled  Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World.   The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries  that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

The purpose of this report is to  focus the attention of those who are working to advance respect for fundamental human rights around the world, as well as those who are actively engaged in suppressing  such rights. The report serves a reminder that over 1.6 billion people—more than 24 percent of the world’s population—suffer every day from the  basic indignities of not being able to express their thoughts and opinions, of not having a say in who  governs them and how the wealth of their land and labor is spent, and of being unable to obtain justice for crimes perpetrated against them.

Excerpt introduction: Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies | Freedom House

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