Analysis: Pandemic Deteriorates Latin American Democracies and Adds to Discontent

Measures restricting fundamental rights to contain the spread of the coronavirus have increased the risk of further consolidating or aggravating the disturbing trends democracy presented in the region before the health crisis.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A report by IDEA International, an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide, alerted to growing inequality, poverty, political polarization, corruption, high crime rates, and state fragility in Latin America during the pandemic, although resilience remains.

According to the recently released document, the health crisis "severely affected" a region "besieged by unresolved structural problems," where some countries were suffering from "processes of democratic erosion and regression" or "democratic fragility and weakness" even before the pandemic hit this part of the planet in March.

"The Covid-19 not only took the lives of hundreds of thousands of . . .

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