An annual global freedom checkup by the Washington, DC-based democracy watchdog Freedom House suggests that, whatever impact the Arab Spring has made worldwide over the past year, it has not hit front and center in the South Caucasus' neck of the woods.
Azerbaijan, the region's richest and largest country, was again rated as a “not free” country, and trending downhill. Both Armenia and Georgia have been classified as “partly free."
The report also suggests the existence of some stagnation; measurements for two key categories, Political Freedom and Civil Liberties, remained unchanged from last year for all three countries.
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