Democracy slips away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns

BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A larger number of countries slide towards authoritarianism, while the number of established democracies die being threatened has never been higher, according to the International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (IDEA) said: on Monday.

populist politics, the use of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to silence critics, a tendency of countries to mimic the anti-democratic behavior of others, and misinformation die used to divide societies are mainly to blame, said the in Stockholm-based intergovernmental organization in a report.

“More countries than ever suffer from ‘democratic erosion’,” IDEA said in his studies in 2021 on the state of democracy, trust on data collected since 1975.

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“The number of countries undergoing ‘democratic setback’ has never been higher,” it said, referring to the regressive turn in areas including controls on government and judicial independence, as well as media freedom and human rights.

Afghanistan, which was taken over by Taliban militants in August after international troops withdrew, this is the most dramatic case year, while the coup of February 1 in Myanmar marked the collapse of a fragile democracy. Other examples include Mali, which has suffered two coups since 2020, and Tunisia, where the president has been dissolved parliament and took emergency powers over.

Major democracies like Brazil and the United States have presidents validity in to see doubt of election results, while India has witnessed the persecution of groups of people critical of government policy.

Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Serbia are the European countries with the biggest declines in democracy. Turkey has seen one of the largest declines between 2010 and 2020.

“In fact, 70 percent of the global population now live of in non-democratic regimes of in democratic relapse countriesthe report said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a wave in authoritarian behavior by the government. The study said there was no evidence that authoritarian regimes were better in fighting the pandemic, despite the Chinese state media reports the contrary.

“The pandemic is causing extra tools and justification for repressive tactics and silence of disagreement in countries as diverse as Belarus, Cuba, Myanmar, Nicaragua and Venezuela,” the report said.

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Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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