Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Freedom in the World 2010 Survey Release

On January 12, Freedom House released its findings from the latest edition of Freedom in the World, the annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. Excerpts from the report's overview on Bahrain are as follows:

In Bahrain, political rights suffered as a result of the harassment of opposition political figures and discrimination by the minority Sunni elite against the Shiite majority.

Bahrain’s political rights rating declined from 5 to 6 and its status from Partly Free to Not Free due to arrests of prominent members of the Haq political society, an increase in systematic harassment of opposition political figures, and worsening sectarian discrimination.

The full survey, including the individual country reports, will be available in late spring 2010.

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