The Americas is dominated by “free” nations and only one nation “Cuba” is identified as “Not Free” in a recent Freedom House study, found here.
The study includes a map of the Americas outlining which countries fall in the categories of “Free”, “Partly Free” or “Not Free.” About 85% of the population of the Americas lives in freedom, according to the report.
Freedom House’s Freedom in the World 2010 survey rates the level of political rights and civil liberties in 194 countries and 14 related and disputed territories during 2009.
A Free country is one where there is broad scope for open political competition, a climate of respect for civil liberties, significant independent civic life, and independent media. Partly Free countries are characterized by some restrictions on political rights and civil liberties, often in a context of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic strife, or civil war.
A Not Free country is one where basic political rights are absent, and basic civil liberties are widely and systematically denied. Freedom House is an independent nongovernmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom worldwide.