Human Rights and Democratization

According to several indices like the Economist Intelligence Unit and Freedom House, democracy has witnessed consistent backsliding over the years. In many countries, basic civil liberties, such as freedom of expression and participation in the political process, are severely curtailed. The same can be said of so-called "digital freedoms," with the internet also becoming an avenue for repression and surveillance by governments. As democratic processes and institutions weaken, human rights become increasingly vulnerable. Green School faculty examine democratization and political transitions around the world, assess the status of human rights in specific countries, and explore how successful models of democratic consolidation can be applied in different contexts.