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Jan 09 2019

Turkey slides to 107th place among 162 countries in freedoms - report

Turkey ranked 107th on a list of 162 countries, continuing a steady decline since 2011 when it ranked in 60th place, according to a new report of the Human Freedom Index for 2018.

The index created by independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization, the Fraser Institute, ranks 162  countries annually, using 79 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms.

Turkey received a personal freedom score of 6.09, according to scale from 10 to zero points where 10 indicates the highest level of freedom and zero shows the absence of freedom. The index showed the country’s economic freedom score as 6.84 and human freedom rating as 6.47 in the 2018 index.

The 2018 freedom rankings of Turkey, ranked 96th in the same index for 2016 and 60th in the 2011, were tied with Argentina and similar to countries such as Tunisia, Zambia, India and Malaysia.

The index found New Zealand to be the freest country in the world, followed by Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada.

War-torn Syria was ranked as the least free country in the world, followed by Venezuela, Yemen, Iraq and Libya.

Turkey’s state of emergency rule, imposed in the wake of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, ended on July 18, 2018. The two-year-rule saw the restriction of freedoms through the passing of laws without parliamentary approval, long detentions, arbitrary authority of governors, and civil servant dismissals, among others.