International human rights organization Freedom House ranked Ukraine as partly free countries. This is stated in the report for 2016, published on the organization’s website.
Each country human rights defenders is evaluated by two criteria (the level of political rights and civil liberties) on a scale from 1 to 7, where 1 is the best indicator, and 7 is the worst. Ukraine, as a year ago, got 3 points for both criteria (partly free).
On a 100-point system Ukraine scored 61 points (the more — the more free country).
«Ukraine continues to recover from the turmoil that accompanied the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych as President in 2014, and the related crisis caused by the Russian occupation of Crimea and military support to the separatists in the Donbass, in Eastern Ukraine. The failure of the state leadership to overcome large-scale corruption in the higher echelons of power have undermined the popularity of the government and impacted negatively on the effectiveness of reforms in various sectors. In the field of civil liberties, a threat to freedom of the press was political pressure and attacks on journalists», — the report says.
Of the 195 countries which were assessed, 87 (45 %) were rated free, 59 (30 %) – partly free and 49 (25%) were rated not free.
The worst situation with political rights and civil liberties in countries such as Syria, Eritrea, North Korea, Uzbekistan, South Sudan, Turkmenistan, Somalia, the Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Saudi Arabia.
Ukraine was considered partially free from the time of the Declaration of independence in 1991 up to the Orange revolution. During the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko , the country was considered free, but with the coming to power of Viktor Yanukovych, the situation worsened again.
Earlier, Transparency International reported that Ukraine’s level of corruption has caught up with Russia and Iran.
Freedom House seventh consecutive year recognized Ukraine as a partly free country 31.01.2017