Study: Democracy Declining in More Than Half of U.N. Member States – Truthdig

Posted: June 26, 2015 in Democracy, Politics

A new report released by a long-established civil rights advocacy group says democracy is waning and authoritarianism is on the rise in more than 96 of the 193 states that belong to the United Nations.

“The widespread systematic attack on these core civil society liberties has taken many forms, including assault, torture, kidnapping and assassination,” says the CIVICUS Civil Society Watch Report.

Based in South Africa, CIVICUS is an international alliance committed to bolstering the agency of citizens and civil society around the world. Dr. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, secretary-general of the organization, said of the study: “We have known for some time that encroachments on civic space and persecution of peaceful activists were on the rise, but it’s more pervasive than many may think.”

He added: “Our monitoring in 2014 shows that legitimate civil society activities are worryingly under threat in a huge number of countries in the global North and South, democratic and authoritarian, on all continents.”

Con’t at: Study: Democracy Declining in More Than Half of U.N. Member States – Truthdig.

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