April 11, 2018

Democracy in the World: Freedom House on Bolivia and the World


Freedom House's Democracy in the World interactive map 2018 (freedomhouse.org)

Here is a post I do almost every year. I report/monitor the yearly publication of Freedom House's Democracy in the World and cut and paste its findings. This year's report is particularly interesting because its title is Democracy in Crisis and its key findings are:

  • Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets—including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law—came under attack around the world.
  • Seventy-one countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties, with only 35 registering gains. This marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.
  • The United States retreated from its traditional role as both a champion and an exemplar of democracy amid an accelerating decline in American political rights and civil liberties.
  • Over the period since the 12-year global slide began in 2006, 113 countries have seen a net decline, and only 62 have experienced a net improvement.
The report documents the sustained decline in democractic freedoms around the world. Now Bolivia has been classified as a partly free democracy since years and its position has not changed this year. While the report is not yet available, the direction in which the country is headed in FH's score is a matter of concern. The major reason this year for this downtrend is because:
Bolivia received a downward trend arrow due to a constitutional court ruling that abolished term limits and paved the way for President Evo Morales to run for a fourth term in 2019.
 Happy readings!