Watchdog cites dual threat from authoritarian powers, populist movements
Photo Credit: Serhii Nuzhnenko / Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Watchdog cites dual threat from authoritarian powers, populist movements

U.S.-based liberty-and-democracy watchdog Freedom House warns that civil liberties came increasingly under threat in 2016 as authoritarian powers gained strength in many parts of the world and "populist and nationalist forces" rose in democratic states. The group says in its Freedom in the World 2017 report that 67 countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties last year, almost twice as many as the 36 states that registered net improvements. "What we are seeing in [...] highly repressive dictatorships is complete control, no space for any kind of dissent, whether that dissent is coming from small protest groups or an independent NGO, or an independent journalist, no space for any of those kinds of voices and meanwhile complete stagnation," says Sarah Repucci, a spokesman for Freedom House in New York.


Read Full Article