Most people want democracy and many feel that there is a deficit: over 80% of people in countries across the world’s regions consistently say that they find it important to have democracy. But only half perceive their country to actually be democratic.
The UN has always been vocal in its support for democracy. This includes the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly or the Human Rights Council until very recently.
Democratic rights are under threat in many countries. A UN Special Rapporteur on Democracy appointed by the Human Rights Council can help protect and strengthen democracy. The rapporteur should not only address deficiencies but also highlight good practices.
This study discusses the proposed mandate in detail