Dharamshala: Tibet is ranked the number one least-free country in the world in 2020, tying the spot with Syria, according to the latest Freedom in the World report by Freedom House.
Tibet was given the “worst” rating for years on and had received the aggregate score of one, placing Tibet among the top least-free since 2015. The 2021 ranking marks a significant shift as Tibet is now tied with Syria as the least-free country in the whole world in terms of freedom. According to the 2021 Freedom in the World report, Tibet scored only one out of 100 in the global freedom rankings, which has been the case for the last six years.
Central Tibetan Administration President Dr. Lobsang Sangay welcomed the Freedom House’s 2021 report and said, “Tibet received a score of one in the last six years in terms of freedom. Six years in a row shows the gravity of situation in Tibet. While Syria’s score has improved from zero to one, Tibet’s human rights state continued to be in a grim situation as the Chinese government persists in committing grave violations.”
The annual report “Freedom in the World 2021: Democracy under Siege” rates 210 countries and territories according to the level of people’s access to political rights and civil liberties. Tibet scored -2/40 for political rights and 3/60, receiving an aggregated score of 1/100. The full report on Tibet will be available soon on Freedom House website.
- Filed by the UN, EU and Human Rights Desk/DIIR