Freedom House March 4, 2020. Despite mass protests in every region, world suffers 14th consecutive year of deterioration in political rights and civil liberties.
Democracy is under assault around the globe, and the effects are evident not just in authoritarian states like China, Russia, and Iran, but also in countries with a long track record of upholding basic rights and freedoms. While protest movements in every region have illustrated widespread popular demand for better governance, they have yet to reverse the overall pattern of declining freedom, according to Freedom in the World 2020, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of political rights and civil liberties, released today by Freedom House.
Countries that suffered setbacks in
2019 outnumbered those making gains by nearly two to one, marking the
14th consecutive year of deterioration in global freedom. During this
period, 25 of the world’s 41 established democracies experienced net
The report also found an alarming
global erosion in governments’ commitment to pluralism, a defining
feature of liberal democracy. Ethnic, religious, and other minority
groups have borne the brunt of recent state abuses in both democracies
and authoritarian countries. Left unchecked, such violations threaten
the freedom of entire societies.
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