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Belarus Ranked As “Not Free” In The World Freedom Report 2018

Belarus has been rated as a “not free” status country in the Freedom in the world 2018 ranking by Freedom House, an international human rights organisation.

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It was explained by the fact that a  number of basic rights guarantees were either ignored or came under attack around the world.

The basic tenets include:

  • free and fair elections,
  • the rights of minorities,
  • freedom of the press,
  • and the rule of law among others.

Belarus neighbours Poland, Lithuania, Latvia were ranked as “free”, while Ukraine has a “partly free” status and Russia labeled as “not free”.

Unfortunately, the country has been in the same group for the last decade, TUT.BY writes.

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In 2016 year it showed some improvements, the authors of the ranking said but was again marked with “Not Free” status in 2017.

Freedom in the World is an annual global report on political rights and civil liberties.

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It is composed of numerical ratings and descriptive texts for each country and several territories.

The 2018 edition covers developments in 195 countries and 14 territories from January 1 till December 31 this year.

The report’s methodology is derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948.