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On Friday the Russian Duma will invite small-party representatives to discuss next year's budget. According to the vice-chairman of the Liberal Party, however, "All decisions on budgets are made by the ruling party."
Russian liberals hold only one seat in the Duma, no wonder the ruling party gorges itself on party budgets. Russia must amend its constitution to include a system of checks and balances. Members of a single parliamentary committee shall be from at least three unrelated organizations or groups, and no party shall be represented by more than 1/4 of the membership. In addition, any person who has a conflict of interest shall resolve the conflict or face the consequences. See the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
Voters in Hong Kong are forced to cast ballots for candidates for Chief Executive who have been previously vetted by the Election Commission of the Chinese Communist Party. This election is a result of dictatorial politics and does not change the fact that Hong Kong is being subjected to a dictatorship. The people of Hong Kong should make good use of Article 39 of the Hong Kong Basic Law and the two international human rights covenants. People have the right to self-determination through referendums. They must be allowed to decide on having the heads of the legislative, executive, judicial and procuratorate branches popularly elected to ensure they will be responsible to the people. For details please see the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
Stories of corruption and undue political influence are flooding news headlines everywhere from the western reaches of Europe to the most Eastern areas of Asia. The reason for these outbreaks of corruption is the concentration of too much power in the hands of a few key officials and a lack to restraints on the powers that they wield. Constitutional reform is urgently needed to return power to the people. For more details, please see the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has been engulfed by a scandal centering on a confidante who is accused of using personal ties with Park to coerce local firms to donate millions of dollars to a non-profit foundation. The confidante is also accused of interfering in state affairs, and two former advisors are accused of helping her gain entrance to the presidential office. The scandal has sparked nationwide fury, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to call for Park’s resignation. Under South Korea’s constitution, the incumbent president may not be charged with a criminal offence except insurrection or treason. But many argue a sitting president can be investigated by prosecutors, then charged after leaving office. The problem of corruption can only be solved through constitutional reform. For details see the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
Article 39 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law specifies that residents of the administrative region have the right of self-determination. The people of Hong Kong must not fall asleep while their rights are in danger. Take a lesson from the Swiss, where the signatures of 50,000 citizens are sufficient to call for a referendum, meaning that public issues can be settled with a vote with no need to take to the streets. Otherwise, when the dictatorship becomes a reality, the people will have no choice but to resist. For details, see the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
Taiwan must move to bring about constitutional reform and true freedom and democracy. Doing so will set off a drive for democratization among the 1.4 billion people of China. This will then spread to North Korea, and with peace on the Korean peninsula the world will be much safer for all. The world’s democratic nations must back Taiwan as a beacon of democracy for Asia which will illuminate the road to peaceful development for China. See the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
The planet we live on must be accorded the benefits gained in universal human wisdom to solve problems which face all humankind. Global free trade and a commitment to bilateral alliances will help bring about peace and prosperity, and enforcement of the principle of One World under One Set of Laws is one keys for realizing this goal. Whether or not a nation is a member of the UN, it should strive to abide by the norms of the international community, acting to give International law precedence over domestic laws and directly affect people’s rights and obligations. See the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
The people have the right to call for a referendum at any time on any public issue with relation to self-determination. Any measure which might restrict the ability of the people to self-determination through the process of holding referendums should itself be subject to a public referendum on whether the measure should be outlawed. For details, see the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
December 10 is Russia's Human Rights Day. Can Russia prevent massive human rights abuses? Who is responsible for these kind of errors? State power is concentrated in one hand -- the Russian President -- and security forces under the President are known abusers of human rights
When state organs are the ones abusing human rights, the only way out is to give the people power to resist illegal acts by officials. Officials should serve as the people's lawyers, assisting them in exercising their constitutional guarantees and prosecuting public officials who violate these rights. See the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
Human Security and Sustainable Development are two central objectives of the UN. All nations, whether or not they are UN members, should be committed to comply with the norms of the international community. The most effective solution for this issue is strictly enforcing the core values of One World under One Set of Laws, giving priority to international law over domestic law, with direct effect on the people. People must be allowed to monitor government actions and compliance with regulations of the UN Charter. Please refer to the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.
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