Rabat - Morocco is ranked 125 out of 152 countries when it comes to personal, civil and economic freedoms, according to a Canada-based Fraser Institute report.
Rabat – Morocco is ranked 125 out of 152 countries when it comes to personal, civil and economic freedoms, according to a Canada-based Fraser Institute report.
The Human Freedom Index, released earlier this month by the Canadian public policy research group and public-policy think-tanks in Germany and the United States, uses 76 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms.
The index is based on information taken from 70 different data sources from 2008 to 2012.
Morocco has slipped 8 points in the index between 2008 and 2012. However, the freedom index did not take into account the progress of freedoms in Morocco between 2012 and 2014, which is believed to have caused the kingdom’s ranking to deteriorate.
Hong Kong topped the rankings followed by Switzerland, Finland, Denmark and New Zealand rounding in the top five. Iran, the democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Yemen ranked last.
The index’s editor Fred McMahon said: “the goal of the index is to measure the degree to which people are free to enjoy classic civil liberties — freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly”.
“We also look at the rule of law, which is essential for freedoms, as well as indicators of crime and violence, freedom of movement, limits on freedom due to sexual orientation, and women’s freedoms,” McMahon added.
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