Data analyzed by Freedom House – a US-based think tank – have raised concerns about democracy – its future and the influence it holds around the world.
According to the report democracy has faced its ‘most serious crisis in decades’ — specifically more countries have recently suffered from democratic setbacks rather than gains for the twelfth consecutive year.
Freedom House reports that in 2017 – 71 countries suffered political rights and civil liberty setbacks while only 35 reported gains.
The report cites the atrocities in Myanmar regarding the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in 2017 and countries like Turkey and Hungary that once appeared to have promising democratic futures but which now are sliding back towards authoritarianism.
All of this is happening while ‘the world’s most powerful democracies are mired in seemingly intractable problems at home including social and economic disparities – partisan fragmentation – terrorist attacks and an influx of refugees that has strained alliances and increased fears of the ‘other.’”
The United States the report says has ‘retreated from its traditional role as both a champion and an exemplar of democracy’.