International Day of Democracy
Today, 15 September, marks the International Day of Democracy, which recalls the importance of democratic values and fundamental elements of democratic governance. It also provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world, as the COVID-19 pandemic has put to the test the important acquisitions of our civilisation, which include democracy and its values.
According to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as the world is facing COVID-19, democracy is crucial to ensuring the free flow of information, participation in decision-making, and accountability in responding to the pandemic.
The values of freedom, respect for human rights, and the rule of law are essential elements of democracy that should never be brought into question. They form an integral part of all major international acts, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which democratic states have transposed into their own national legislations.