Freedom House Put Belarus on 1st Place among Repressive Countries
The American human rights organization Freedom House today released its annual list of the world's most repressive nations before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The report, titled "The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies, 2004," includes detailed summations of the dire human rights situations Burma, China, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Laos, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Chechnya, Tibet, and Western Sahara are included as territories under Russian, Chinese, and Moroccan jurisdiction respectively.
Belarus stands on the first place among the countries that turned the attention of Freedom House. According to its rating scale the situation with human rights violations in Belarus deteriorated in comparison top the last year. Freedom House considers the mass violations and falsifications during the parliamentary election and the referendum that took place in 2004 as one of the reasons that strengthened the status of Belarus as a repressive country.