UN Advisor stresses the need to develop direct democracy globally to protect human rights

UN Advisor stresses the need to develop direct democracy globally to protect human rights

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In an 11th September report to the United Nations Council on Human Rights by independent expert Alfred de Zaya stresses that there is an urgent need for people to be directly involved in self government if we are to protect human rights. Particularly it is necessary to implement globally the tenets of direct democracy. Those same ideas that we at DDI are trying to develop here in Ireland.

de Zaya says it thus:

“Recent popular movements in different parts of the world show how direct participation in domestic and global decision-making is necessary, and why the instruments of direct democracy including popular initiative and referenda are becoming increasingly attractive,”

He also made direct reference some of the unsavory trends of government that make this such a pressing issue:

“I am dismayed that notwithstanding lip service to democracy, too many governments seem to forget that in a democracy, it is the people who are sovereign,” he said, adding that many governments appear to be more responsive to special interests such as the military-industrial complex, financial banking and transnational corporations, than to the wishes of their own populations, which creates massive social and economic inequalities. The disconnect between power and the people must be remedied”

“The people are Sovereign” he states, just as it states in our own Constitution. This is something that people should remember because it is very empowering and as such it is an idea that we have been steered away from by successive governments for the benefit of those vested interests.

Our existing form of government no longer serves the people. It’s time is over and people are now awakened to the reality that they need to run their own affairs, and to do that they need direct democracy.

“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come”

You can read the full article below, or in this link

UN expert calls on countries to strengthen protection of civil society voices, whistleblowers

Alfred de Zayas, Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. Photo: K. Berking

11 September 2013 – A United Nations independent expert today urged Governments worldwide to provide adequate protection to members of civil society, including whistleblowers, and ensure transparency in their decision-making processes.

“A democratic and equitable international order cannot be achieved as long as civil society actors continue to be subjected to intimidation, harassment and violence, and individuals are denied the right to participate in the conduct of public affairs,” said the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas.

“Specific protection must be granted to human rights defenders and whistleblowers who have in some contexts been accused of being unpatriotic, whereas they perform, in reality, a democratic service to their countries and to the enjoyment of human rights of their compatriots.”

Mr. de Zayas underlined that access to truthful and reliable information from diverse sources, including from free media, is essential to people so that they can develop their own opinions and effectively take part in the conduct of public affairs.

“I am dismayed that notwithstanding lip service to democracy, too many governments seem to forget that in a democracy, it is the people who are sovereign,” he said, adding that many governments appear to be more responsive to special interests such as the military-industrial complex, financial banking and transnational corporations, than to the wishes of their own populations, which creates massive social and economic inequalities.

“The disconnect between power and the people must be remedied,” he added.

In his report to the UN Human Rights Council, Mr. de Zayas made a number of recommendations aimed at protecting the voices of marginalized groups as well as at enhancing the participation of all individuals in political processes.

“Recent popular movements in different parts of the world show how direct participation in domestic and global decision-making is necessary, and why the instruments of direct democracy including popular initiative and referenda are becoming increasingly attractive,” Mr. de Zayas said.

“Reform of the United Nations system, including of the Security Council, of the Bretton Woods Institutions and of the World Trade Organization is necessary to advance toward an international order that is more democratic and more equitable,” he said.

“A more democratic and equitable international order is no utopia,” the Independent Expert concluded. “It can and will be achieved when Governments and civil society work together to make the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter a reality for our and future generations.”

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6 Comments

  • Posted September 18, 2013

    tirnanog33

    The Gombeen crowd /parties who currently control our destiny will fight tooth and nail to prevent any form of real Democracy emerging in Ireland in place of Pork Barrel politics.that said,this might be the best opportunity ever as there is little cash in the national kitty to buy swathes of voters in the coming elections.
    You will have to fight long and hard to gestate into a sizable party as the political goons best trick,is character assassination-and of course they control much of the media too,(RTE).!

    • Posted September 22, 2013

      Mhairtin O Broin

      I agree tirnanog33 totally we will be in a tough struggle against all the privately and Government controlled media and all the establishment parties even Sinn Fein would see DD as a threat.
      When we have a spokesman on TV or Radio We must get the other parties members to voice there reasons for their opposition to DD, the only reasons they can really have are ones they cannot voice. Given that its that they don’t want the people to have power as it threatens their careers.

      Last week I had a debate with a future Fianna Fail candidate in north Kildare (James Lawless) In which he openly said to me in front of two witnesses that he agreed with political re-call and an end to the whip system but his problem with DD was that he did not thrust the people to make decisions.

      WE HAVE TO WIN !!

  • Posted September 18, 2013

    tirnanog33

    In fact if you were real smart, you would have your candidates selected, and canvassers doing doorsteps now for the local elections-before the rest gear up their difficult campaigns.!
    “The early bird catches the worm”

    • Posted September 22, 2013

      Mhairtin O Broin

      We seem to be slow to get going on the local elections issue I have been in touch with the local DD committee members and no general meetings have been scheduled its a bit frustrating.

      I have some PR ideas regarding posters that I would like to share we need to establish a presence yesterday.

  • Posted September 21, 2013

    Wessel van Leeuwen

    All very well provided you are black in South Africa!
    The entire world fought against SA and won.
    So what do we have now in SA? Apartheid in reverse and worse!
    More than 3000 farmers with most of their families have been murdered in SA in the last 19—years.

    Those of us who are unhappy with the degradation of the country, daily corruption and crumbling services (when still there) are hoping to introduce legally the Swiss Canton system in SA.
    Please donot think that only whites are unhappy…
    Will you support and help us? We expect the present government to fight us tooth and nail and deny us our rights to freedom of association.

  • Posted September 24, 2013

    Abel

    We have been democratically elected as “Die Boere-Afrikanervolksraad”- representative Boer Councell. We have 36 000 voters registered on our independant voters list. We financed the elections out of own funds, but we are strictley following the rules for all international nations who want to become independant from the motherland. Problem is: We have been following all the wonderfull rules for going through the rules to become independant, but the SA government refuses bluntley now for 24 months to talk to a democraticcally elected body. Why, why why?? We are on the verge now to stop all endeavours internally and start exploiting our international options, which the UN Human Rights Committee will probably be on top of our list. Our people are murdered daily, but yet we urge our people not to start retaliating. We are getting some responce from the outside world, but most of our endeavours are blocked by the liberal Afrikaans and English media who is part of the problem. We filed an official complaint with the SA Human Rights Commision against Government for refusing to talk to us as an official body with a proper mandate to become independant. After nine months of lies and non responsive behaviour, the SAMRC replied that now human rights violation took place!! http://www.volksraad.co.za

    Abel Malan; Vice chairman: Boere-Afrikanervolksraad.

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