U.S. Added To Annual List Of ‘Backsliding’ Democracies For First Time

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The report said the lies about the 2020 election fraud by former President Trump were “a historic turning point” that had a “spread effect” in other countries.

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Pro-democracy activist Lee Cheuk-yan holds placards as he arrives at a Hong Kong court in April. A report released on Monday found that democracy is deteriorating around the world.
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The US has been added to an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time, with the Intergovernmental Organization behind the analysis citing election propaganda, voter disenchantment. coronavirus Epidemics among the reasons for the decline.

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A report released Monday by the Sweden-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance found that the US has been a “victim of authoritarian tendencies” in recent years, with a global decline following five years of major trends. .

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The Global State of Democracy (GSoD Indices) states, “More than two-thirds of the world’s population now lives in retreating democracies or autocratic regimes.” The report, which was first launched in 2016, “The world is becoming more authoritarian as undemocratic regimes become even more brazen in their repression.”

Thousands of people demonstrate in Cologne, Germany in 2020 against racism and the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police in Minneapolis, US.  Floyd's death has led to protests against Black Lives Matter in many countries and across America.
Thousands of people demonstrate in Cologne, Germany in 2020 against racism and the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police in Minneapolis, US. Floyd’s death has led to protests against Black Lives Matter in many countries and across America.
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The report noted that democratic backsliding is often a gradual process that ends with either the breakdown of democracy or a return to normal health. It states that it takes an average of nine years from the start of backsliding.

Globally, the report found that election results have become more controversial, even when elections were found to be largely free and fair. The report cited former President Donald Trump’s questioning of the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election results as “a historic turning point” in a growing topic that has damaged public confidence in elections.

“Trump’s baseless allegations during the 2020 US presidential election have had ramifications in Brazil, Mexico, Myanmar and Peru, among other regions,” the report said. “Unfounded allegations of electoral fraud and related propaganda undermined fundamental confidence in the electoral process, culminating in the storming of the US Capitol building in January 2021.”

Nancy Galloway, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, protests against President Joe Biden's visit on October 5 in Howell, Michigan.
Nancy Galloway, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, protests against President Joe Biden’s visit on October 5 in Howell, Michigan.
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Related, the GSOD indices noted a decline in “clean elections” in the US since 2015. The report defines clean elections as those that are free, with no evidence of voting irregularities and government intimidation, and where there is fair electoral competition. Similar declines were observed in Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Mauritius, Namibia and Poland, according to the report.

Political activism in the US has also declined, with the report attributing voter disenchantment and a growing belief that governments are failing to meet people’s social and economic needs. Supporting this negative notion, the report cited voter registration and vote access laws in some states, either recently enacted or under discussion, that disproportionately harm minorities’ right to vote. went. Such controversial laws have recently got approval in Texas, Georgia, Arizona And Florida,

The report also said that the coronavirus pandemic has damaged democratic rights globally. The unequal global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines as well as vaccine misinformation have not only exacerbated the health crisis, but normalized restrictions on basic freedoms, the report said.

In the US, the report pointed to the start of the pandemic, with doctors and medical workers Order not to speak to journalists about the lack of personal protective equipment and other difficult working conditions or they will face dismissal. Elsewhere in the world, people have faced criminal prosecution if they shared pandemic information, and military forces were used to enforce compliance with pandemic-related regulations.

On the other hand, the report found that many democracies have learned to conduct and practice fair elections despite such highly challenging conditions.

“They increasingly activated the special voting system to allow citizens to continue to exercise their democratic rights,” the report said.

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