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  • Warszawski Dialog na rzecz Demokracji

     

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  • Zapraszamy do zapoznania się z rekomendacjami z piątej edycji Warszawskiego Dialogu na rzecz Demokracji

     

    From past to future: strengthening democratic values

    15-16 December 2016

     

     

    RECOMMENDATIONS

     

    1. Ensure that democracy support activities are primarily aimed at promoting respect for values such as transparency, accountability, justice, dialogue, empowerment and participation as well as the full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

      Regardless of some regional variations of democratic systems they all must have a common set of principles and rights which are recognized and guaranteed both at international and domestic level.

    2. Promote a positive vision of democracy and its achievements. The image of democracy as a threat or lever of pressure must be challenged.

      Democratic transition may raise opposition especially when it results in loosing benefits by some groups. In order for democracy support to be effective and backed by society, it must also focus on presenting merits of this form of government, such as safeguarding of the interests of people and ensuring stability.

    3. Never take democracy for granted.

      Democratic process is not linear. Many examples prove that democracy is not a gift obtained once and for all. It is a process that requires constant attention and improvement.

    4. Promote dialogue and consensus building. Fight against polarization during transition process. Restore citizens’ trust in governments and political leaders.

      Tensions in societies and polarization may occur during transition process. Thus, it is of utmost importance to identify values that every citizen could subscribe to regardless of ethnicity, religion or culture. Inclusiveness and dialogue among political forces and civil society are key to address these challenges.

    5. Enhance efforts aiming at providing support to civic activism. Create an enabling environment and protect civil society which must be at the heart of democracy.

      Participation of citizens plays a key role in democracy. It is both a right and a duty. Civic activism is essential for ensuring that public institutions function in an accountable and transparent way. The need to engage with citizens must be recognized by politicians and governments.

    6. Promote civic engagement in political life and decision-making through participation in and control over electoral processes. Ensure that the voice of every citizen is heard.

      Any democratic form of governance must be based on active citizens who take part in political life. Elections remain the main form of expressing views and support for politicians. Nevertheless democracy cannot boil down to elections which are held on a regular basis also in countries that are difficult to be classified as democratic.

    7. Ensure that adequate protection is guaranteed to all persons belonging to minorities, including religious minorities, against threats, discrimination and persecution. Promote religious coexistence and tolerance.

      Discriminatory laws and practices that undermine respect for fundamental freedoms must be prohibited. In particular the full respect for freedom of religion or belief must be guaranteed. All persons belonging to minorities must fully enjoy economic, political, social and cultural rights.

    8. Promote openness and democratic values through education both in democratic states and non-democratic regimes.

      Education shapes citizens’ attitudes and fosters activism which are key to introducing democratic transformation. Schools as the first public institutions in the life-experience of young people must be open to local environment and governed together by students, teachers and parents.

    9. Promote unbiased education on the past.

      Transition process to be effective must include reconciliation and education on all aspects of history, even painful ones. Reconciliation is a necessary requirement for coming to terms with history of violence and war, oppression and human rights violations. Painful or controversial historical moments cannot be omitted in the process of shaping of attitudes of future citizens. Education cannot only help to prevent a return to violence but also boost legitimacy of democratic institutions.

    10. Strengthen anti-corruption measures though creating legal framework and shaping attitudes with the means of education.

      Corruption can take many forms but it always entails abuse of entrusted authority and power for personal gain. It undermines democracy. Combating corruption is often challenging as it requires acting against the interest of a certain group. Addressing its root causes can be done in an effective way by government only with the engagement of civil society.

     

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