Democracy which is defined as a government of the people by the people and for the people is a major avenue for the realization of human rights as it focuses on making the will of the people the basis for any governmental authority. The United Nations declared this day as an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world.
International Day of Democracy echoes the values that Democracy provides such as the values of freedom, the principle of holding intermittent and honest elections to choose leaders into different sectors of governance, and the respect of human rights. Democracy can only be fully enjoyed by all peoples when there is a full input and cooperation of individuals, national governing bodies, civil societies and the International Community at large.
COVID-19: A Spotlight on Democracy is the focus for this year’s International Day of Democracy. The theme is taking a look at how the covid-19 pandemic has led to a lot of crisis across nations of the world and how different emergency measures have been employed by states to curtail the global crisis. This theme is majorly being deliberated on to ensure that while employing emergency measures in a bid to curb the pandemic, the rights of people remain respected and the rule of law upheld.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) celebrates this year’s International Democracy Day. We strongly support that as nations and states are trying to curb the spread of Covid-19, the principles of Democracy should also be upheld because the protection of human rights and the rule of law are very essential to building a world of peace and security for all.