Democratic Freedoms

Freedoms, Democratic


political and legal norms determining the position of the individual in the state.

Political democratic freedoms include freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly, which includes freedom to hold meetings, marches, and demonstrations. Personal democratic freedoms include inviolability of person and home; privacy of correspondence, telephone conversations, and telegraphic communications; and freedom of conscience, or the right to profess or to decline to profess religious beliefs.

Bourgeois constitutions and laws proclaim democratic freedoms but do not generally provide effective guarantees. The government has emergency powers to suspend or nullify various articles of the constitution that establish democratic freedoms.

In the socialist countries the law not only recognizes the democratic freedoms of citizens but also provides material and legal guarantees for exercising them. [23–255–2; revised by the Soviet editors]

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The parliamentarians called on the French government to make improved France-Iran diplomatic and trade ties contingent upon improvement of human rights in Iran, halt to executions, release of political prisoners, and respect for democratic freedoms.
Summary: The conference was held under the theme: Democratic Freedoms
It is a tragic irony that South Africa is helping to fund a regime that denies its citizens the same democratic freedoms that were so hard won in our own country.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement said that India never liked to grant the right of self- determination or basic democratic freedoms to the Kashmiris' rather thrust fraudulent assemblies on them, since 1951, to make tyrannical laws against the people of the Kashmir.
If the Turkish government wishes to move toward eventual integration into the European Union, they should reverse course and respect the right of the Turkish people to exercise their basic democratic freedoms.
When the three major parties share the same policy, to surrender our democratic freedoms to the overseas regime, then the only way we can vote to retain our democratic government, is to support independent candidates, to serve their electorate faithfully.
The report said that during his detention, Xu urged Chinese citizens to unite in pursuing democratic freedoms in a video posted online and said that China needs brave citizens who can stand up and hold fast to their convictions, who can take their rights, responsibilities and their dreams seriously.
At the opening, Head of Yemen Organization for Defending Rights and Democratic Freedoms ,Ali al-Daylami, pointed to the importance of participating in this meeting, which expresses the organizations and their concerns and attempt to reach a constructive contribution to the national dialogue to build a modern civil state.
We call for the restoration of calm and security for all and hope that such tragic events underscore the importance of safeguarding cherished democratic freedoms for all citizens.
We need a new way of honouring peaceful citizens whose bravery has maintained our democratic freedoms.
Melkumyan asserted crucial role played by the National Assembly and the noticeable democratic freedoms such the freedom of expression and the ability of the opposition to take part in decision making.

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