By John Lee.
Iraq’s political rights rating declined over the past year, according to a new report from Freedom House.
The fall was due to the concentration of power by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and increasing pressure on the political opposition, as exemplified by the arrest and death sentence in absentia of Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, the country’s most senior Sunni Arab politician.
The rating fell from 5 to 6, on a scale where 1 represents the most free and 7 the least free.
The country’s civil liberties rating remains at 6, and the country is categorised as “not free”.
You can download the full report here.