Everything begins with the word. According to Article 21 of the New Declaration of Human Rights (NDHR), all people have the right to a properly functioning democracy. However, as a consequence of corruption and other problems, we see that many countries still do not have a properly functioning democracy. Politicians are primarily still looking after the interests of a small group of people, banks, and multinationals instead of the voters in general.
With a view to the annual bulk of legislation bills that have to be debated, and the practical feasibility of the democratic system, we want to see countries introduce a system of binding referenda in addition to their current representative democracies. In this system, when a minimum of 1% of the people make it known, in a petition, that they wish to have a referendum about a subject chosen by them, then this must take place within six months.
This empowers people to change laws they do not agree with and to introduce new bills for legislation that they find to be important. In addition, we want to see the use of international observers in elections to make sure that the elections are conducted fairly.
It is also our opinion that it should be completely transparent who is giving donations for election purposes, that companies should not be allowed to donate for election purposes and that there should be a maximum amount each person is allowed to donate.
This way, we will give everybody a fair chance to take part in an election, and prevent a small group of people and companies from, de facto, buying the legislation that they desire. In addition, we want a public organization to publish on the internet, and keep up to date, the Curriculum Vitae and all supplementary positions that politicians hold beside their public positions, for all to see. Also, the agenda for meetings they attend, with the other relevant documents, and the results of these meetings should be accessible for all to see on the internet.