What Is a List of Countries That Violate Human Rights?


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Freedom House rates the status of political rights and civil liberties in more than 200 countries and territories and compiles a list of the worst human rights violators. Amnesty International reports on the state of human rights in more than 150 countries and territories.

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Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization based in Washington, DC, has published “Freedom in the World” annually since 1972. This report assesses the human rights situation in 195 countries and 14 territories. Countries are scored on 10 political rights and 15 civil liberties. On the basis of these scores, a country receives one rating for political rights and another for civil liberties.

The average of these two ratings, called the "Freedom Rating," determines a country's status as free (1.0 to 2.5), partly free (3.0 to 5.0), or not free (5.5 to 7.0). Countries that receive the lowest possible rating of 7 for both civil liberties and political rights appear on Freedom House's Worst of the Worst list.

Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization based in London, considers many conditions and incidents in its comprehensive country reports. These include arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, violence against women and girls, use of the death penalty, and freedom of expression.

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