• Warszawski Dialog na rzecz Demokracji




    Democracy in dialogue, dialogue in democracy

    7-8 grudnia 2017 r.







    1. Democracies play a crucial role in advancing protection and promotion of human rights. Recent democratic backlash points to the need for democracies to make a qualitative jump in the realization of human rights at home and to redouble efforts in supporting democratic progress abroad.
    2. Discrimination can only be effectively tackled when addressed in a comprehensive manner. States should adopt adequate legal and administrative measures against discrimination on any grounds and promote inclusion through concerted action with civil society.
    3. Democracy is challenged when youth participation is hindered. Given a recent global trend of the world’s population growing younger and younger, states and civil society must create all the preconditions for youth to be included in the decision making process. To achieve this, they must duly consider youth’s interests, and on the other, create conducive conditions to support young people’s political participation and civic engagement.  
    4. Access to justice is a condition sine qua non for a peace process to succeed. In the context of conflict resolution, authorities must apply a comprehensive approach when ensuring justice and accountability. Failing to do so may have long lasting consequences, i.e. stratification of society or further fuelling of tensions, and in turn protract a conflict.  
    5. A continuous advancement of democracy is an obligation of both the governments and civil society. Civil society organisations constitute an essential component of democratic institutions. It is through citizen engagement, often at the community level, that individuals develop an understanding and a sense of ownership for democratic processes, and later form a mature and enabled civil society.
    6. It is ever more pertinent for democracies to provide clear and transparent legal frameworks to protect media freedom. These conducive conditions ought to guarantee media independence and to reinforce media resilience to political and market pressures. Adequate state funding is an important measure in this regard. Meanwhile, any state support should be done under the strict and transparent public control to guarantee the freedom of editorial policy of the media.
    7. Free and pluralist media are the bedrock of consolidated democracies. States should protect freedom of speech online and offline while countering hate speech and propaganda, especially that diffused via bots and other mass-scale tools. In turn, in this new media environment where fake news is thriving, to regain citizens’ confidence in traditional media, journalists must adhere to the highest standards of professional ethics, including diligence, accuracy and impartiality.
    8. Civic education is a practical tool for boosting citizens’ human rights awareness and sustaining democratic values. An active and engaged citizenry is closely linked to improved democratic governance and state-citizen relations, therefore it is critical that states invest similar effort into forming responsible and responsive democracy-literate citizens as they have invested into forming skilled and interdisciplinary workforce. Quality, long-term civic education ensures that citizens are not only aware of their rights and responsibilities in a pluralistic society, but also know how to leverage these rights to access public institutions, elected officials, and other state actors, as well as how to effectively to advocate for change within their communities by serving as community leaders, elected officials, or in other public service roles.
    9. Religion must not be instrumentalised for political reasons. There exists a centuries-long body of evidence that politicisation of religion leads to extremism. Similarly, data and experience points to the fact that tackling religious extremism must include addressing its underlying causes.
    10. Religious leaders are the enablers of interreligious dialogue. In many communities around the world, religious leaders, more than family and friends or secular institutions, form and reinforce believers’ world views and attitudes. It is therefore the utmost responsibility of religious leaders to cultivate values of tolerance, openness and dialogue between religions.

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