International Day of Democracy being marked worldwide today

LAHORE – The International Day of Democracy is being observed across the globe today (Tuesday) with an objective to provide an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world.

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International Day of Democracy is observed globally on 15th September every year. The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.

History

The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly through a resolution in 2007 to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy. The day was observed for the first time in 2008.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri have said that the continuity and stability of the democratic institutions is imperative for the progress of the country, the Radio Pakistan reported.

In their message on the International Day of Democracy, today, they said Democracy ensures basic Human Rights including the right of Freedom of Expression.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said through democracy the country can be led on the path of progress and development and in the best public interest.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly, in his message said that democracy is the way by which common man participate in the affairs of the state.

He urged upon the regional and international community to support the Kashmiri people for their basic rights of Freedom.

In his message on the eve of this international day, Secretary General United Nations António Guterres said that as the world confronts COVID-19, democracy is crucial in ensuring the free flow of information, participation in decision-making and accountability for the response to the pandemic.

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