Eritrea

5.6 million people
430 USD GNI (PPP)
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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As Americans celebrate Independence Day and the world looks nervously toward uncertain political developments in Egypt, it's worth remembering the countries that have little to celebrate.  Click here to see a photo slideshow of the 'Worst of the Worst' countries.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Americas, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe

Each year at this time, Freedom House issues a report on the state of global media freedom. The overall findings for 2012 were bleak: Just 14 percent of the world's population lives in societies that enjoy vibrant coverage of public affairs, a legal environment that undergirds a free press, and freedom from intrusion by the government or other political forces.  The countries profiled are members of an ignoble club -- the 10 most serious violators of press freedom in the world.

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Americas
Daniel Calingaert
Executive Vice President

Photo: Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki

The depraved slaughter of civilians in Syria, which began with sniper fire on peaceful demonstrators and later degenerated into bombings of residential areas and execution-style killings of women and children, masks a darker truth.  While the violence of the current crackdown distinguishes Syria today, it emerges from decades of brutal dictatorship, and equally brutal dictatorships are alive and well across the globe.  They tend to get noticed only when particularly gross abuses take place or they escape attention almost entirely.  For close to one-fourth of the world’s population, intense repression has become routine.

Freedom House welcomes the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)’s adoption, by consensus, of a much-needed resolution appointing a special rapporteur to investigate human rights abuses in Eritrea.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, United Nations
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

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Program Director, Global Human Rights Program


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Special Reports

Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Worst of the Worst 2010

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
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Worst of the Worst 2007

Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House.  The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

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