Democracy and human rights

There are strong links between human rights and democracy. The two concepts are not identical and should not be confused, but it is obvious that a deep and sustainable democracy requires that human rights be respected. To respect human rights is crucial for the development of a democratic culture. The reverse relationship is equally obvious. Democratic decision-making processes tend to strengthen the protection of human rights.

UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the regional rights conventions contain a number of rights that directly or indirectly provides the basis for a democratic Environment. Some rights that are clearly linked to the democratic decision-making is freedom of opinion and freedom of expression, assembly and association and universal suffrage. While other rights are important for the democratization process, for example, the aggregate is aimed at the maintenance of the rule of law and the right to education.

Basic needs such as the right to an adequate standard of living, health and education also play a significant role in people’s ability to take part in politics. It requires a certain basic level of material standard that the individual should have the power and the money to exercise their political rights. The right to education is essential for democracy.
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