US based organization Freedom House released its annual Freedom World report today.
The report analyzes the political
and civil freedom
195 countries and 14 territories.
It rates each country on a scale of one to seven, one being the best and seven being the worst. In Freedom House’s analysis of China, the country received a 7 for political freedom and a 6 for civil liberties.
Hong Kong and Tibet were rated separately.
Among the civil liberties most denied in China is the freedom of speech
. While Freedom House said activists
were more vocal in 2012 than they were in 2011, the government’s push back was also stronger.
[Zhu Jindi, Shanghai Petitioner]:
"In China, it's even an issue if we want to go outside, let alone gather at public meetings and processions. Every time when I write something on the Internet, the police would call me saying, 'What have you written on the internet? If you don't stop, the leader will arrest you.”
[Chen Fude, Guizhou Pro-Democracy Activist]:
"Recently, I was forced to sign a paper promising not to post anything on the Internet, and not to accept any interviews. I told him that it was illegal to make me do this. He said it was the arrangement from high level officials, and they had no choice."
The People’s Republic of China has received the same score for the last ten years. Freedom house
labels China as “Not Free”, alongside countries like Chad, Cuba, Belarus, South Ossetia and Laos.
The ranking is based primarily on the standards set forth by the Declaration of Human Rights. It aims to be culturally neutral when judging the level of a country’s freedoms.