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China
Prominent human rights activist Hu Jia has been awarded the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Read more in Freedom in the World 2008: China

Somalia
Somali lawmakers voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Abdullahi Yusuf. Read more about Somalia in Freedom in the World 2008: Somalia

Cuba
Cuba has been formally accepted into the Rio Group of 23 Latin American and Caribbean nations. Read more in Freedom in the World 2008: Cuba

Egypt
An Egyptian court sentenced 22 people to jail for between three and five years over food riots in April. Read more in Freedom in the World 2008: Egypt

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Combined Average Ratings- Independent Countries, 2007

2007 Edition
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1.0
Andorra
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Canada
Cape Verde
Chile
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Cyprus
Czech Republic
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Dominica
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Kiribati
Latvia
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Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Palau
Poland
Portugal
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
San Marino
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tuvalu
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay

1.5
Belize
Bulgaria
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Israel
Japan
Monaco
Panama
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
South Korea
Taiwan

2.0
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Benin
Botswana
Brazil
Croatia
Dominican Republic
Mali
Mauritius
Mongolia
Namibia
Romania
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
South Africa
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Vanuatu

2.5
El Salvador
Guyana
India
Indonesia
Jamaica
Lesotho
Mexico
Peru
Senegal
Serbia
Ukraine

3.0
Albania
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Colombia
Ecuador
Georgia
Honduras
Kenya
Macedonia
Montenegro
Nicaragua
Niger
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Philippines
Seychelles
Turkey

3.5
Comoros
East Timor
Guatemala
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Moldova
Mozambique
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Tanzania
Zambia

4.0
Bangladesh
Burkina Faso
Guinea-Bissau
Kuwait
Malaysia
Nigeria
Sri Lanka
Tonga
Venezuela

4.5
Armenia
Burundi
Central African Republic
The Gambia
Haiti
Jordan
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Mauritania
Morocco
Nepal
Singapore
Uganda

5.0
Afghanistan
Bahrain
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Yemen

5.5
Algeria
Angola
Azerbaijan
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
Congo (Brazzaville)
Congo (Kinshasa)
Egypt
Guinea
Kazakhstan
Maldives
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Russia
Rwanda
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates

6.0
Cameroon
Chad
Iran
Iraq
Swaziland
Vietnam

6.5
Belarus
China
Cote d’Ivoire
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Laos
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Zimbabwe

7.0
Burma
Cuba
Libya
North Korea
Somalia
Sudan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan