Democ­racy and Church-State Re­la­tions

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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.

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