Georgia remains 'partly free' in Freedom House rating

Freedom House gave Georgia the same rankings as in the past year, as its status remains 'partly free.', 28 Jan 2015 - 15:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia remains ‘partly free’ in the latest report by independent watchdog Freedom House.

The United States (US)-based organisation released its annual Freedom in the World Report for the year 2015, called "Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist,” in which it examined the condition of global political rights and civil liberties of 195 countries.

Out of these countries, 89 (46 percent) were ranked ‘free,’ 55 (28 percent) as ‘partly free’ and 51 (26 percent) as ‘not free.’

Georgia was ranked among the 55 'partly free' countries. In addition, on a seven-point scale of the freedom rating, where one point meant most free and seven points meant least free, Georgia ranked three points for the second time in a row.

Georgia's 2015 results were similar to the previous year in the civil liberties and political rights sections, where the country also received three points.

In general, Freedom House stated the overall overview of the political situation in the world was quite negative.

"In a year marked by an explosion of terrorist violence, autocrats’ use of more brutal tactics and Russia’s invasion and annexation of a neighboring country’s territory, the state of freedom in 2014 worsened significantly in nearly every part of the world,” said the report.

The report also named several "economically powerful or regionally influential" countries, which had moved backwards including Russia, Venezuela, Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, Nigeria, Kenya, Azerbaijan and Hungary.