This paper focuses on the countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, who are on their way to becoming democratic societies. But, what do we mean by "democratization"? The process of making a society free, which includes ensuring freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free trade and freedom of assembly among others.
The problem is that there is a long way to go in the region, particularly from an economic perspective, as many resources remain monopolized. Moreover, despite having formal multiparty systems, dissent is not always tolerated.
Patience is key for this process. It is important not to rush through changes and end up with strange hybrids like "dictocracies".
Anush Hayrapetyan is studying for a LLM degree in Public International Law and Human Rights at Riga Graduate School of Law.
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