Freedom House, a non-governmental freedom-monitoring organization in the U.S., published its Freedom in the World 2014 report on Jan. 24 in which Japan and Taiwan are classified as free, Hong Kong and Singapore are classified as “partly free,” but Mainland China is once again declared not free.
According to the report, ratings of political rights and civil liberties decreased in 54 countries, but improved in 40 other nations.
Freedom House evaluated people’s political rights and civil liberties during 2013, and rated them on a scale from 1 being the most free to 7 being the least free.
The world is divided into three levels: free, partly free, and not free. Among Asian countries, Japan is rated 1 in both categories, having the highest degree of freedom in Asia, with Taiwan following close behind at 1.5.
Hong Kong is listed as partly free, and scores 5 points in political rights and 2 points in civil liberties—an average of 3.5 points. Singapore is also listed as “partly free”, with an average score of 4 points. China is ranked not free, with 7 points for political rights and 6 for civil liberties, for an average score of 6.5 points.