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- Though freedom can seem difficult to capture in concrete terms, international human rights watchdog group Freedom House seeks to do just that each year.
- The organization’s annual "Freedom in the World" report considers a number of social and political factors facing citizens in countries across the world.
- The countries and territories that are called "not free" often include oppressive conditions, including lack of fair elections, crackdowns on freedoms of expression, and repressive political regimes.
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Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization, releases its Freedom in the World report each year to compare the political and social conditions citizens face in countries and territories across the world.
Each country’s score is calculated considering a number of factors and assigned a number out of 100, ranking each entity from "free," "partly free," to "not free."
The countries counted as "not free" are those that fail to hold valid elections, don’t have active independent media, and do not endow their citizens with basic civil rights.
Here are the 56 countries the Freedom House report says are "not free," and why.
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Islamist militants have undermined Afghanistan’s planned framework of a unitary state with checks on power and inherent civil rights by allowing widespread violence and corruption within ruling factions.
Aggregate Freedom Score: 27/100
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The ruling National Liberation Front controls Algeria’s politics in controlled elections and repressed protests, legal restrictions on the media, and rampant corruption across politics and the military.
Aggregate Freedom Score: 34/100
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Political authorities in Angola repress political dissent as corruption, due process violations, and abuses run rampant. Though the country’s rating has improved since the 2017 election due to some checks on corruption and loosened controls on the media and citizens, but abuses in government institutions and society remain.
Aggregate Freedom Score: 31/100
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