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Taiwan scores highest rating in 12 years in freedom report

2018/01/17 11:56:15

Image taken from Freedom House's official website

Washington, Jan. 16 (CNA) Taiwan once again scored high in Freedom House's annual report that assesses the condition of political rights and civil liberties around the world, obtaining its best rating in 12 years in its latest ranking.

In Freedom House's 2018 Freedom in the World report, issued Tuesday, Taiwan had an aggregate score of 93 out of 100, up two points from the previous year, ranking it again among the world's "free" countries.

Each country's score is based on two ratings -- one for political rights and one for civil liberties -- with 1 representing the highest degree of freedom and 7 the least degree of freedom.

Following last year's trend, Taiwan scored a 1 out of 7 in both categories.

The countries with the highest freedom rankings were Canada and the Netherlands, which led the pack with an aggregate score of 99, followed by Australia, Luxembourg and New Zealand at 98, and Denmark, Portugal and San Marino at 97.

While Taiwan continues to make advances in its freedom ranking, Freedom House found that "democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017," with overall freedom around the world declining for the 12th consecutive year.

Of the 195 countries assessed, 45 percent, including Taiwan, were rated "Free," 30 percent "Partly Free" and 25 percent "Not Free."

(By Kuan-lin Liu and Leaf Jiang)
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