World History H P. 3
Principles of Democracy
1. Bill of Rights
This document explains guaranteed freedoms to all people in the country and gives limited power to the government. It protects the people from a government who try to abuse its power.
2. Economic Freedom
Economic freedom allows some private ownership of property and businesses. People are allowed to choose their own work and to join labor union.
Equality is having all individuals valued equally, have equal opportunities, and no discrimination of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. All people are equal before the law and have equal protection of the law without discrimination.
4. Human Rights
Movement: Everyone has the right to move within the borders of their country and to leave and return to his or her country. Religion: Everyone has the freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. The people can change their religion or not worship or hold religious beliefs. Speech: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Assembly: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
5. Multi-Party Systems
A multi-party system allows for organized opposition to the party that wins the election. It provides the government with different viewpoints on issues and provides voters with a choice of candidates, parties, and policies.
6. Regular Free and Fair Elections
Elected officials are chosen by the people in a free and fair manner. Regardless of the people’s race, gender, ethnicity, and level of wealth, most adult citizens should have the right to vote and to run for office.
7. The Rule of Law
No one is above the law. Everyone must obey the law and will be held accountable if they violate it including a king, president, police officer, or member of the military.