Democracy and Church-State Relations
After discussion of human rights related to Christian freedom, we obtained
clue as to the position of Christianity and it’s response, compared with international standards as defined in United Nations - based human rights treaties and declarations. The next question is how to recognize and protect those basic rights of human beings. Here, civil society is important for recognizing and protecting human rights. Civil society includes both state and non-state organizations. Among non-state organizations, church based groups were seen to be very active and supportive of the rights and needs of human beings.
The other, bigger component of civil society is the state. The state has the ultimate responsibility for maintaining and protecting human rights and human
society’s freedoms. Therefore, it is important that the system of government promote a healthy civil society, incorporating such concept as democratic systems, free and fair elections, transparency, and the rule of law.