The NGO International IDEA has scrutinized the various measures adopted by many countries around the world in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Illegal, disproportionate measures
Almost all countries in the world have been affected by the pandemic of coronavirus. Each state has put in place specific mechanisms to better manage the health crisis linked to this exceptional situation. In a report published Wednesday, December 9, the NGO International IDEA highlighted the measures taken by certain countries. The study concludes that 61% of them took at least measures considered to be “illegal, disproportionate, without time limits or unnecessary” in at least one area relating to democratic freedoms, reports Le Figaro. To achieve this result, the NGO analyzed the different measures to determine if they were problematic, from a strictly democratic point of view without considering health efficiency.
Good and bad students
According to the Stockholm-based NGO, 43% of regimes considered democratic fall into this category against 90% for authoritarian regimes. While the conclusions were predictable for authoritarian regimes, “what is more surprising is that so many democracies have taken measures which are problematic”, confided the secretary general of the NGO, Kevin Casas-Zamora.
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India tops world rankings, with measures judged “disturbing” in 9 of the 22 areas analyzed. In the European Union, five countries are cited as being the poor performers, namely Bulgaria (3 areas), Hungary (2) as well as Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia (1). However, several countries have been recognized for their exemplary measures. These include Iceland, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay, Cyprus, Japan, Senegal and Sierra Leone.