Main theme of this issue of Voices of Peace:
The basic foundations of democratic thought
The concept of human rights in democracy is expressed in the form of fundamental rights, which are to be enjoyed by citizens, respecting individual human character such as the right to life, the right to property and the right to vote, based on reason. In fact, these basic individual human rights become the basis on which democracy can be founded and become the standard that cannot be controlled by any externally imposed force. Thus, the human rights of the individual constitute the foundation of democracy. Stating that "without human rights, democracy cannot exist" has become the foundation of democracy itself.
This leads us to the conclusion that even the best government requires adequate cultural, educational and economic institutions to succeed. When people have values in common, they can more easily trust each other, seek solutions to social problems and live together harmoniously regardless of their political affiliation.
In conclusion, the most stable societies and governments are those that are based on maximum distribution of responsibility down to the lowest levels. In this session, we asked authoritative experts from our Italian Think Tank to explore the topic from the perspective of Institutional, Cultural Diplomacy and Civil Diplomacy.
In addition, we analyzed research of the state of perceived democracy in several Western nations.
Also, an excellent article by our academic Emilio Asti on Indochina.