“By the people, of the people, and for the people.”- Abraham Lincoln
Democracy is a regime where the people determine rule. Usually, the rule of the people involves voting either directly on propositions, or indirectly through representatives. This is government made by YOU for YOU. You wont and cant have an affect if you don’t become involved. We designed this blog to help you take that step forward, and help you, as a student which direction to take in order to make your issues heard.
Democracy values freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential. In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights. These values are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and further developed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which enshrines a host of political rights and civil liberties underpinning meaningful democracies.
“Democracy, I would repeat, is the noblest form of government we have yet evolved …”
- Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
- Freedom of association
- Freedom of expression and opinion
- Access to power and its exercise in accordance with the rule of law
- The holding of periodic free and fair elections by universal suffrage and by secret ballot as the expression of the will of the people
- A pluralistic system of political parties and organizations
- The separation of powers
- The independence of the judiciary
- Transparency and accountability in public administration
- Free, independent and pluralistic media