The Great Paradox: World’s most powerful passport but lagging behind in civil liberties

The Great Paradox: World’s most powerful passport but lagging behind in civil liberties

The Independent·2018-02-16 05:10

By Augustine Low

We carry the world’s most powerful passport, giving us unlimited freedom and access beyond our borders. But right here at home, it would seem that civil liberties are compromised and freedom is restricted, going by how Singapore is ranked under freedom indexes.

Such is the paradox for the Singaporean lot. Last October, the Singapore passport was ranked the most powerful in the world by the global advisory firm Arton Capital. It ranks national passports according to visa-free cross-border access. The Singapore passport scored highest, with visa-free access to 159 countries.

More recently, the Henley Passport Index, released last month, had Germany in top spot and Singapore in second. Whether first or second most powerful passport, Singaporeans enjoy top notch global mobility.

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