Freedom House, an independent U.S.-based watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world, released Worst of the Worst 2011: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, its annual report identifying the world’s most flagrant human rights abusers, at a June 1 press conference during the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The report, which identifies countries earning the lowest scores in Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s annual report on political rights and civil liberties, was designed as a resource for human rights advocates.
“In this report we identify countries where individuals have almost no opportunity to enjoy the most fundamental rights—regimes whose people experience heavy penalties for independent thought or action and where little or no oppositional activity is permitted to exist,” said Paula Schriefer, director of advocacy at Freedom House. “Sadly, the utter lack of political space for reform in these countries has allowed entrenched nondemocratic regimes to persist year after year. More than half of the countries on this list have never experienced any significant level of political rights and civil liberties and in fact, those countries that rank the lowest in our report this year are quite literally the same as last year.”
Nine countries and one territory are judged to have the worst human rights conditions, receiving the lowest possible score of 7 (based on a 1 to 7 scale, with 1 representing the most free and 7 representing the least free) on both political rights and civil liberties: Burma, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, TIBET , Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
“A well documented record of abuse against Tibetans has secured for Tibet the lowest possible score in the Freedom House report TEN years in a row. This is a clear indictment against the Chinese Communist Party leadership and CCP policies in Tibet. Similarly, the Human Rights Council clearly lacks the means to meet its mandate to promote and protect human rights around the globe if it cannot hold China accountable for its record in Tibet and compel it to change course,” said Mary Beth Markey, President of the International Campaign for Tibet.
Since the council was first established in 2006 to replace the widely discredited UN Commission on Human Rights, a small but increasing number of “Worst of the Worst” states—Burma, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and North Korea—have been the focus of resolutions or special sessions by the UN body.
To view the report http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/special_report/101.pdf