"Not Free" Trend Cited in Islamic Nations

Tom Carter (Washington Times) - More than half of the nations governed by authoritarian rulers have Muslim majorities, according to a new report by the human rights group Freedom House. "There are 47 states that are rated as Not Free and in which a broad range of freedoms are systematically denied. Of these, 27 have majority-Islamic populations," says the report, Freedom in the World 2002. Six out of nine nations labeled the "worst-rated countries" - Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Turkmenistan - have majority-Islamic populations, according to the report.

2002-12-20 00:00:00

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