How free is Bangladesh? Well, partly free. That is how Freedom House has ranked Bangladesh in its latest global annual survey of political rights and civil liberties, released yesterday. The number of partly free countries is 62, or 32 percent of all countries assessed by the survey and 20 percent of the world's total population. The number of partly free countries increased by two.
Titled Freedom in the World 2009, the report listed Bangladesh in electoral democracies, the number of which has dropped by two and the total number of countries under this category is 119.
While freedom retreated in much of the world in 2008, the third year of global decline, the South Asia advanced in registering greater freedom.
For details, read the report here.