According to Martí News, the watchdog organization for freedoms throughout the world, Freedom House, has given Cuba a rating of 6.5 points in its “Freedom in the World 2015 report”, which places the island in a group of countries where the situation of political rights and civil liberties is slightly better than the absolute “worst countries.”

The score for each country is based on numerical numbers (from 1-7 points) related to their political rights and civil liberties, with 1 representing the most free and 7 the least free.

The organization assigned to Cuba a “7” in political rights and a “6” in civil liberties.

The report divides countries into “free”, “partly free” and “not free”. It is in this last group of 51 countries and territories that Cuba has been placed, although accompanied by China, Belarus and seven other countries and territories in the penultimate group, to which the entity evaluates as “slightly better” than the 12 worst countries in the world.

Cuba remains the only country in the entire western hemisphere ranked as “not free.”

To read the full Freedom House 2015 report, click here.

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