Freedom House, a US-based
nongovernmental organization, is producing an index of political
rights and civil liberties. In its 2007 revision, China is still
among the countries with the lowest scores in the seven
sub-categories evaluated. According to this combined index, China
has, for instance, much lower freedom of expression and belief than
Russia, Pakistan, or Tanzania. However, in the sub-category
"individual rights" China is ranked higher than Pakistan and at the
same level as Russia.
India's combined score of political rights and civil liberties is
more than four times higher than China's.
Highest rankings in the Freedom House index were given to European
countries, such as Finland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Denmark, or
For details of methodology and complete country rankings see: