Taiwan is a well-functioning democracy: Freedom House
CNABRUSSELS -- Taiwan ranks in the same class as very democratic countries like the United States and major European countries, according to an annual report released by Freedom House.
February 22, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The Washington-based nongovernment human rights watchdog group formally unveiled its “Freedom in the World 2013” report at the European Parliament Tuesday.
Arch Puddington, Freedom House vice president for research, told CNA in an interview that Taiwan is one of the top-ranked Asian democracies.
Taiwan, Japan and South Korea are all paragons of East Asian democratic development, Puddington said.
The latest Freedom House report gauges the state of freedom in 187 countries in terms of two indicators — political rights and civil liberties.
Taiwan was rated 1 out of 7 for political rights and 2 out of 7 for civil liberties. In the Freedom House rankings, 1 represents the highest level of freedom and 7 the least degree of freedom.