Freedom House presented its Freedom in the World 2021 Democracy Under Siege report, where Armenia is ranked 55th in 100. Last year, Armenia’s ranking was 53.
As reported by Armenpress, the report states that Azerbaijan started a war in Nagorno-Karabakh, involving authoritarian Turkey, reducing the opportunities for reform in Armenia, and promoting the reversal of democratic norms through the use of force.
The report states,
“In addition to strengthening the rule of Azerbaijan’s authoritarian president, Ilham Aliyev, the conflict threatens to destabilize the government in Armenia. A rare bright spot in a region replete with deeply entrenched authoritarian leaders, Armenia has experienced tentative gains in freedom since mass anti government protests erupted in 2018 and citizens voted in a more reform-minded government,” it said.