Faced with one of the most delicate crises in recent history, this decisive moment demands dialogue, responsibility and commitment from all those who seek to deepen democracy in the country.
September 15, International Day of Democracy, forces us to put on the table the need to reflect on the challenges we still face on a global and, of course, regional scale.
Democracy is an attribute of the political system. It explains the distribution of power within society. Justice is precisely the opposite: the politicization of Justice is one of the most serious threats to it.
In the face of coup threats by Bolsonaro and his supporters, different sectors of society have publicly spoken out in defense of Brazilian democracy.
The ruling elites and certain media have insisted that Colombia has the most stable democracy in the region. However, in 212 years of republican history the country has been ruled by a few family dynasties.
Ours is a time of abnormal democracy. Some think that it is enough to return to a certain political normality for the course of democracy to take its ordinary course; others think that the time has come to create something different or radical.
Migrants leave their countries in search of opportunities and, in doing so, in most cases they lose their political rights in their countries of origin. However, some States have developed legislative initiatives to address the problem.
The issue of political fronts has been back at the center of discussion in Brazil since democracy began to be threatened by President Jair Bolsonaro. However, the problem dates back to the beginning of the current democratic period.
After several years of declining support for democracies in the region, the latest Latinobarómetro survey shows weak but positive signs of resilience marked by a willingness to assert one’s voice through protest or the ballot box.
In Latin America, democratic demands depend on who is in government. Carl Schmitt warned us more than half a century ago of this way of understanding politics: creating an antithesis to justify the fierce struggle and prevent “the other” from winning.