Political rights

Political rights and civil liberties in Bangladesh have declined over the past five years: Freedom House report


The state of political rights and civil liberties in Bangladesh has declined over the past five years and the country still falls into “partially free” status, according to a Freedom House report.

With an overall score of 39 out of 100, the Freedom in the World-2021 report classified Bangladesh’s freedom status as “partially free”.

Bangladesh also scored 39 in 2020 and 41 in 2019, 45 in 2018 and 47 in 2017, showing a declining trend in political rights and civil liberties.

Freedom House, an independent US-based watchdog, revealed the report “World Freedom: Democracy Under Siege” tonight. It is an annual study of political rights and civil liberties around the world.

Freedom House assesses people’s access to political rights and civil liberties in 210 countries and territories through its annual Freedom in the World report. Individual freedoms – ranging from the right to vote to freedom of expression and equality before the law – can be affected by state or non-state actors, according to the report.

They’ve been publishing the report for 15 years, starting in 2006.

Bangladesh scored 15 out of 40 in the political rights category while it scored 24 out of 60 in the civil liberties category.

Among the countries of South Asia, only Afghanistan, with a score of 27, falls into non-free status. India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives fall into “partially free” status, but they all scored more than Bangladesh. India got 67 points, Bhutan 61, Sri Lanka and Nepal 56 and the Maldives 40.

Pakistan scored 37.

Countries scoring between 1 and 34 fall into the “non-free” status, those between 35 and 71 fall into the “partially free” category, and countries scoring over 71 fall. in the “free” category.

Finland, Norway and Sweden scored 100 out of 100 in the report.