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26 08, 2020

Pro-Democracy protests in Thailand

2020-08-26T20:05:04+00:00August 26, 2020|News|

Recent weeks saw daily protests in Thailand aimed at the country’s monarchy and, more specifically, King Maha Vajiralongkorn who formally assumed the throne in 2016. There has been long-standing criticism against Vajiralongkorn and his lavish lifestyle. Since the military coup in 2014, the monarchy has been even more closely linked [...]

12 08, 2020

Protests over fraudulent elections in Belarus is met with government crackdown

2020-08-12T13:12:56+00:00August 12, 2020|News|

Street protest erupted in Minsk and other cities of Belarus after authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in Sunday’s presidential elections. The elections have been widely disputed with the opposition claiming vote rigging. Unrest erupted for a third night in a row on Tuesday as security forces fired rubber bullets [...]

1 08, 2020

President Trump floats idea of postponing November elections

2020-08-01T15:56:27+00:00August 1, 2020|News|

It has been the stuff of much speculation in the past – could President Trump, known for his admiration of foreign authoritarian leaders try and cancel or push off the elections? Now, Mr. Trump for the first time publicly floated the idea of postponing the November elections. In a tweet [...]

24 07, 2020

UNDP calls for temporary basic income to slow pandemic

2020-07-24T13:35:32+00:00July 24, 2020|News|

The United Nations Development Agency UNDP calls for a temporary basic income (TBI) to mitigate the effects of the Covid pandemic in developing countries and to slow the spread of the disease. In a study published yesterday, the agency identifies three policy options for a TBI that would guarantee a [...]

17 07, 2020

A politically divided Poland after presidential elections

2020-07-17T13:55:14+00:00July 17, 2020|News|

Sunday’s presidential elections in Poland have left a country deeply divided between rural and urban areas. President Andrzej Duda won a narrow victory, defeating Warsaw’s mayor Rafal Trzaskowski who ran on a liberal platform. Mr. Duda, on the other hand, ran a fierce homophobic campaign. Gay men and lesbians living in [...]

3 07, 2020

How Covid disrupts elections on the African continent

2020-07-03T16:34:26+00:00July 3, 2020|News|

The Coronavirus outbreak has disrupted elections in the Global North. In France, for example, fear of the virus was among the reasons cited for the near record-low turnout in Sunday’s second round of municipal elections. In the US, 16 states have delayed their primaries over contagion concerns. If rich economies [...]

29 06, 2020

“Democracy is under threat” – The pandemic and the state of democracy

2020-06-29T12:33:16+00:00June 29, 2020|News|

Governments around the globe are increasingly leaning towards autocratic modes of governance and rhetoric. In an open letter, signed by more than 500 former world leaders and Nobel price winners, along with a number of organizations and institutions, the authors at IDEA, an intergovernmental organization for the promotion of democracy, [...]