International Day of Democracy

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2023 DateSeptember 15, 2023
2024 DateSeptember 15, 2024

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The International Day of Democracy highlights the importance of democracy and promote democratic principles around the world. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the significance of democracy in the modern world. This observance emphasizes the values of freedom, respect for human rights, and the rule of law, as well as promoting transparency in government and encouraging civic engagement.

The International Day of Democracy has its roots in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, which recognized the importance of democracy in ensuring the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Since then, democracy has become a cornerstone of many societies and is considered a key factor in creating stable and prosperous countries. For people in America, the observance of International Day of Democracy serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding democratic values in their own country, as well as promoting democracy worldwide.

In America, the International Day of Democracy is marked with a variety of events and activities aimed at promoting democratic values such as promoting voter registration, engaging in political discourse, and educating citizens about the importance of democratic institutions. Additionally, various organizations and groups work towards enhancing democratic participation and civic engagement. International Day of Democracy is observed annually on September 15th, reminding citizens of their responsibility to engage in the democratic process and promote democratic values in their communities.

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Facts about International Day of Democracy

  • India is the world’s largest democracy with a population of over 1.3 billion people.
  • The 4 countries in the world that do not claim to be democratic are: Saudi Arabia, Burma, Brunei and the Vatican City.
  • Most non-democratic countries are located in Africa and Asia
  • There are only 5 countries with a population of over 500,000 people that did not hold elections between 2000-2012. They are: China, Eritrea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. – Jesse Jackson, American civil rights activist, Baptist minister and politician.

Top things to do in the US for International Day of Democracy

  • Attend the “Space for Civil Society” event that was held at the UN headquarters in New York. It is composed of a sub-group of the UN executive committee that is working in cooperation with the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. It promises to be a riveting discussion about democracy today and in the future.
  • Spread awareness by using the hashtags #InternationalDayofDemocracy, #StrongAndFree and #DemocracyRules.
  • Watch a video on the struggle for democracy and human rights in the world. Some suggestions are: The American President (1995), Election (1999), and 12 Angry Men (1957).
  • Take time to learn about different types of government in the world. Examine systems such as communism, monarchy, ecclesiastical, totalitarian, dictatorship and oligarchy.
  • Read a book about the struggle for democracy and human rights around the world. Some suggestions are: Democracy in America, On Liberty and Democracy Incorporated.

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