The best democracies are Norway and Sweden while Yemen and Syria received the lowest scores. More than 20 percent of the world’s population is governed by repressive regimes. Brutal repression, terror, and police brutality are features of totalitarian states and dictatorships. Executions, torture, and human rights violations are common. Repressive regimes are characterized by state control over their citizens and daily life. Totalitarian states ban political parties and free speech. These regimes codify repression. They have retained the death penalty for non-serious crimes such as crimes against God and drinking alcohol. You can be sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet. The exercise of fundamental freedoms such as freedom of religion and assembly is criminalized.
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