The World’s Worst
SOUTH OSSETIA (GEORGIA)
WESTERN SAHARA (MOROCCO)
The list is from a report compiled for 2009 by “Freedom House” and explains:
” Included in this report are eight countries judged to have the worst human rights records: Burma, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Also included are two territories, Chechnya and Tibet, whose inhabitants suffer intense repression. These states and territories received the Freedom House survey’s lowest ratings: 7 for political rights and 7 for civil liberties (based on a 1 to 7 scale, with 1 representing the most free and 7 the least free). Within these entities, state control over daily life is pervasive and wide-ranging, independent organizations and political opposition are banned or suppressed, and fear of retribution for independent thought and action is part of daily life.
The report also includes nine additional countries near the bottom of Freedom House’s list of the most repressive: Belarus, Chad, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Laos, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Zimbabwe. The two territories of South Ossetia and Western Sahara are also included in this group. These countries and territories—all of which received ratings 7 for political rights and 6 for civil liberties—offer very limited scope for private discussion while severely suppressing opposition political activity, impeding independent organizing, and censoring or punishing criticism of the state.” Visit the site to read more about the criteria.
Interestingly, you will find some of the same nations listed on “Open Doors” Watch list for the countries most repressive regarding religion, in particular, the Christian faith. Here’s only the top ten:
1. North Korea
3. Saudi Arabia
3. Saudi Arabia
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
Martin Luther King Jr.