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JUBA - 18 Jan 2018

South Sudan ‘second worst country’ in freedom index

File photo: President Salva Kiir
File photo: President Salva Kiir

South Sudan is the second country that is not free in Freedom House’s World 2018 Freedom Index released on Wednesday. This is Freedom House’s flagship annual report, assessing the condition of political rights and civil liberties around the world.

In this year, South Sudan follows Syria and the two are among 48 other countries that are not free including countries such as Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and Zimbabwe.

Other African nations such as Ghana and Botswana among others have been designated as free countries in terms of political rights.

According to the index, the number of countries qualifying as partly free stands at 58, which includes Kenya and Uganda.

The number of countries designated as free stands at 88, representing 39 percent of the global population.