Nepal has slightly improved its ranking and got the score of 55 out of 100. It had scored 52 in 2017. Freedom House rates a country on the basis of Freedom Rating, Political Rights, and Civil liberties. Nepal has scored 3.5, out of 7 in the Freedom Rating, whereas it scored 3 out of 7 in Political Rights and 4 out of 7 in Civil liberties. According to the freedom index, score 1 is the freest, whereas, 7 is the least free country.
Freedom House acknowledges the uptrend is due to 'to the first national, regional, and local elections held under a new constitution, with high voter turnout despite some reports of violence'.
Among South Asian nations, only India remains free with the score of 77, out of 100. Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal share the same score and ranking, whereas Bangladesh scores 45 out of 100. But Pakistan scores 43 out of 100 and Afghanistan scores 26 out of 100, which are not free country. China – the least free country – scores 14 out of 100.
South Asian countries have a big task ahead to improve its Freedom Index in the year 2018.
However, Nepal received an upward trend arrow due to the first national, regional, and local elections held under a new constitution, with high voter turnout despite some reports of violence.