MACEDONIA - PARTLY FREE
The New York-based Freedom House rights organization says political freedom is on the decline in large parts of the world, noting that the results of the annual survey point to a disturbing deterioration of freedom worldwide.
Macedonia remains in the group of partly free countries. Macedonia got 3 scores (on the scale 1 to 7) in terms of respect for political rights and civil liberties.
"Macedonia showed small improvements in political rights and civic liberties. However, they are insufficient to make a change in labeling. The anti-corruption efforts and economic measures achieved certain success, said Sonja Kelly of the group's New York office.
The democracy watchdog group, based in New York, said the results of this year's annual survey point to a disturbing deterioration of freedom worldwide.
The democracy watchdog group said the results of annual survey point to a disturbing deterioration of freedom worldwide, with less than half of the Earth's population living in places that can be called free.
Freedom House labeled 90 countries as "free", 60 countries as "partly free", and 43 countries as "not-free." The Palestinian Authority declined from "partly free" to "not free".
Freedom House says the decline in freedom was most pronounced in South Asia, but it also reached significant levels in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa.
The report sees profound setbacks for freedom in large parts of the world, including Russia, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Venezuela.
"If you look at the record for the past two years, it represents the first time in the past 15 years that freedom has actually declined over a two-year period," said Arch Puddington, the group's research director. Large numbers of countries that were already designated "partly free" or "not free" saw serious regression away from democracy in 2007, the survey said.
MD: Southeastern European countries were labeled as 'free' except Macedonia, Albania, BiH, and Montenegro, while Kosovo was labeled as 'Not free'.