Basic Legal Rights measure the degree of personal autonomy. These mean a lack of interference and coercion from the state, and the right of association. They include the right to one’s own person and freedom around what information they can publish and consume.
Indicators – freedom of expression and association independent from state interference, presence/absence of death penalty, length of military conscription, level of press freedom
Only Latin America and the Caribbean marginally improved its score in 2017 in this sub-pillar.
MENA was the fastest faller – through decreasing freedom of expression and also a sharp decline in press freedom in the last five years.
Cyprus was the fastest riser in the whole of Europe, as it reduced the length of compulsory military service by half.
Poland meanwhile saw the largest drop, in light of decreased civil liberties. Its press freedom also fell more than any other nation in 2017.