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Coronavirus: six out of ten countries have taken worrying measures democratically

In a report covering almost the entire world, International Idea concludes that 61% of them have taken actions considered “illegal, disproportionate, without time limit or unnecessary”.

De India to the United States via China or Bulgaria, more than six in ten countries have taken problematic measures for human rights or respect for democratic rules to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, worried an intergovernmental organization Wednesday.

In a report covering almost the entire world, International Idea concludes that 61% of them have taken actions considered “illegal, disproportionate, without time limit or unnecessary”.

If 90% of authoritarian regimes are caught out, countries considered democratic are not spared: 43% are singled out by the organization based in Stockholm and specializing in the state of democracy in the world.

India occupies the unflattering first place in the world ranking, with measures deemed “worrying” in 9 of the 22 areas analyzed (freedom of movement, expression, of the press, etc.), ahead of Algeria and Bangladesh (8).

In the European Union, five countries are criticized: Bulgaria (3), Hungary (2) as well as Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia (1).

United States pinned down

Among the major Western democracies, only the United States is pinned – in two areas. Israel (5) and Argentina (2) are also considered bad students.

Restrictions on press freedom in the name of the fight against disinformation, excessive use of force (deployment of soldiers to apply the rules, internment camps for sick people, etc.), corruption in emergency supply contracts or migrants still blamed for the epidemic are among the most frequently encountered problematic measures.

For Mr. Casas-Zamoralui, the next challenge will now be the impact of the current major economic crisis on the state of democracy.

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