Montenegro among free countries

More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. Freedom in the World 2015 found an overall drop in freedom for the ninth consecutive year.

Nearly twice as many countries suffered declines as registered gains—61 to 33—and the number of countries with improvements hit its lowest point since the nine-year erosion began, it is stated in the report of the organization Freedom House, which ranks Montenegro among free countries.

According to the report “Freedom in the World 2015”, which was published today on the website of the human rights organization Freedom House, Montenegro is among the countries that are designated as free one, with a score of three for political rights and grade two for civil liberties.The report explained that the political rights and civil liberties graded 1to 7, with one representing the most free, and the seven the least. Freedom House has included both Serbia and Croatia among free countries, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo stated that are partially free.

Of the 195 countries assessed, 89 (46 percent) were rated Free, 55 (28 percent) Partly Free, and 51 (26 percent) Not Free.

All but one region had more countries with declines than with gains. Asia-Pacific had an even split.

A troubling number of large, economically powerful, or regionally influential countries moved backward: Azerbaijan, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela.

The report also singled out terrorism for its impact on freedom in 2014. From West Africa through the Middle East to South Asia, radical jihadist forces plagued local governments and populations. Their impact on countries such as Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Nigeria was devastating, as they massacred security forces and civilians alike, took foreigners hostage, and killed or enslaved religious minorities, including Muslims they deemed apostates.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro