Taiwan's freedom ranking steady at 25th globally
Taiwan has been ranked the second freest country in Asia with a total score of 93 points in the latest edition of the "Freedom in the World" report by the US-based NGO, Freedom House. That ranking was the same as that of last year.
According to Freedom House, Taiwan garnered 37 points (out of a maximum score of 40) in political rights and 56 (out of a maximum of 60) in civil liberties and continues to be rated "free".
Taiwan's overall score placed it second in Asia behind Japan's 96 points and 25th among the 195 countries and 15 territories assessed.
The government says the ranking proves Taiwan's adherence to the values of democracy, freedom and human rights are recognized by the international community.
The report is scheduled to be published on 11 March in Washington DC.