Editorial: International Democracy Day .. Why it Matters in Sudan

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Democracy is annually held on September 15 to raise public awareness about democracy.
The UN strives to achieve its goals of peace, human rights and development. It believes that human rights and the rule of law are best protected in democratic societies.
The UN also recognizes a fundamental truth about democracy everywhere – that democracy is the product of a strong, active and vocal civil society.
Many people and organizations worldwide, including government agencies and non-government organizations, hold various initiatives to promote democracy on the International Day of Democracy.
Events and activities include discussions, conferences and press conferences involving keynote speakers, often those who are leaders or educators heavily involved in supporting and endorsing democratic governments and communities.
This year’s International Day of Democracy is an opportunity to recall that democracy is about people.
Democracy, in turn, provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.
In Sudan building a democracy out of the ruins of Al Bashir’s regime has taken great courage; but further enhancing our democracy will require yet greater effort, active involvement and resilience.
It will take a lot of work. And it will take time – and our challenges are only likely to multiply as the pace of change becomes more urgent.
So it is imperative that our resolve to commit to a just, equitable Sudan is renewed.
What we have to do is to ensure that our institutions further civil rights guarantee the rule of law and are subject to the will of the people. When we do, this democracy prevails.
It will prevail not because of any individual politician, but rather because of the collective commitment of Africans to a system of governance that fiercely rejects any inclination towards a still familiar obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom — we have been there before, and we refuse to go back.
The media and civil society organization should work out an awareness plan to include leaflets, posters and flyers to be placed in universities, public buildings, and places where people can learn more about how democracy is linked with factors such as freedom of expression and a tolerant culture.

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