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Fights between ZANU-PF and MDC delegates disrupted a conference on drafting a new constitution. Read more about Zimbabwe in Freedom in the World 2009 Zimbabwe

Thousands of Uighurs and Han Chinese are said to be fleeing Urumqi, the site of ethnic violence, despite a security crackdown. Read more about China in Freedom in the World 2009: China

The first of some two million Pakistanis displaced by the Swat valley conflict with the Taliban are returning home. Learn more in Freedom in the World 2008: Pakistan

South Ossetia
President Dmitry Medvedev is visiting South Ossetia for the first time since Russia's war with Georgia over the breakaway region last year. Read more in Worst of the Worst 2009: South Ossetia


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To view Freedom in the World reports, select a year from the pull down menu above. Note that each edition of Freedom in the World reflects developments that took place in the previous calendar year. Click here to view the Freedom in the World 2009 release materials. The full 2009 survey, including the individual country reports, will be available in late spring 2009.

About the Survey

Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s flagship publication, is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey ratings and narrative reports on 193 countries and 15 related and disputed territories are used by policymakers, the media, international corporations, civic activists, and human rights defenders to monitor trends in democracy and track improvements and setbacks in freedom worldwide.  The Freedom in the World data and reports are available in their entirety on the Freedom House website.

Comparative and Historical Data

Please click here to access a range of comparative and historical Freedom in the World data, including charts displaying the status and ratings of countries and territories from 1972 to the present, as well as aggregate and subcategory scores, and information on electoral democracies.

Notable Reviews

"An essential source, Freedom in the World works from the assumption that freedom is a universal value, not reserved for the rich."

-Francis Fukuyama, Johns Hopkins University

"Freedom In the World is the Michelin Guide to democracy's development."

-Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

"While there are many sources of economic data, good political data is hard to find. Freedom House's survey is an exception. For anyone concerned with the state of freedom, or simply with the state of the world, Freedom in the World is an indispensible guide."

-Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek

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