September 15th marks the international day of democracy established
by the U.N General Assembly since November 8th
2007.

On this day the main purpose is the promotion of the values and ideals which conform democracies around the world. The Human Rights Institute for Peace and Freedomtakes the opportunity to address the importance of such values and how these are pillars for societies around the world to prosper freely and in harmony between citizens and governments. 

Both of the ideals which the HRI stands for and defends since the inception of the same are peace and freedom; these are the backbone for democracies to sustain throughout the years even from different political ideologies. A democracy is the government system which has provided the safest environment for fundamental civil and political rights to be protected within a society. 

As stipulated in the article 21 (3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”

The four current programs conducted by the institute have a direct link between each other which is the lack of a democratic system. Analyzing every program there is an authoritarian regime with no capacity whatsoever of protecting the fundamental rights for its citizens and in consequence, many of the rights stipulated under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and as well under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are directly violated by the state. 

As the U.N states: Freedom, respect for human rights and genuine free elections are essential elements for a democracy. This statement leads to the second point which is the power the civil society has of conducting free, transparent elections and the government of providing and respecting them. In countries such as Venezuela, there is no question that the Maduro Regime has not conducted free elections since the year 2014 and the deterioration of the nation is the direct and main consequence. In other countries such as Nicaragua, Cuba, Turkey, Iran or Saudi Arabia, the empowerment given to the government is so vast, that the systematic violation of human rights is practiced without any type of counterbalance even from the international community. Any of them is a clear example of authoritarian regimes as far as possible from implementing democratic values. Overall, democracies are the government system in which human rights are respected the most. 

Countries in process of becoming democracies and countries which have successfully implemented the same are currently threatened all around the world due to the existing authoritarian regimes ruled by tyrants. These, in their process of maintaining complete control over their respective nations, systematically violate the fundamental rights of the society. From theHRI for Peace and Freedom we will always promote and defend the values which conform democracies, as well activism in the pursuit of peace, freedom and the rule of law.  Finally, to acknowledge all of the organizations within the international community and individuals whom confront dictatorial regimes such as the many members of the Sakharov Network in the pursuit of freedom and democratic values.