December 10, 2020, 08.15 PM
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi speaks during the annual Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) last year in Bali.  DOK. Humas Kementerian Luar NegeriForeign Minister Retno Marsudi speaks during the annual Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) last year in Bali.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – There may be serious challenes to Indonesia's democracy but it could still offer hope to end the Covid-19 crisis, the country's top diplomat said.

“Despite many challenges, democracy offers a ray of hope and optimism for us to recover from the pandemic,” said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in her speech during the 13th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) on Thursday, December 10.

Retno said some nations that do well in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis are democratic countries.

This is based on the results of the 2020 democratic perception index survey, which shows that 78 percent of the people around the world still believe that democracy is important.

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“Therefore, amid the pandemic, we must not waver in our commitment to democracy and democracy should not prevent us from dealing with the pandemic effectively,” she said.

She underscored the importance of maintaining democracy after the pandemic although it is not an easy task to do.

She said that according to the latest Democracy Index, which measures the state of democracy in 167 countries annually, the average global score in 2019 has fallen from 5.48 in 2018 to 5.44. The survey said that it was the lowest point of average global score since the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) produced the Democracy Index for the first time in 2006.

Besides, the 2019 Freedom House Report also found that global freedoms have declined for 14 consecutive years.

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