Bangladesh ranks 80th with an overall score of 5.88 on the Democracy Index 2019, up from the 88th position with a score of 5.57 a year ago. Despite gains on the latest index, Bangladesh is still classified as a hybrid regime and lags behind neighbouring India, a flawed democracy, which dropped 10 places to the 51st spot with a score of 6.90. The widespread imprisonment of Muslim minorities, coupled with other infringements of civil liberties, underpins the decline in China’s overall score. Overall, the average global score for democracy fell from 5.48 in 2018 to 5.44 in 2019. It is the worst average global score since the index was first produced in 2006.
Source: bd News24 January 22, 2020 08:15 UTC