Monday, October 22, 2007

What We Need for a Just and Peaceful World

What We Need for a Just and Peaceful World

A system of international law with institutional support that guarantees the following:

A hierarchical system with checks and balances at and between all levels.

Governments at all levels that reflect the will of their people.

Open and fair elections.

Usurpers removed, governments returned to legitimate representatives.

Basic civil rights: speech, media, assembly, association, judicial, political & elections, religion & belief.

Protection of minority rights, including ethnic, religious, political, and other minorities.

Warfare effectively abolished, both between and within countries. An international judicial system to replace warfare.

Political boundaries established by judicial decisions based on just and reasonable criteria.

Just and equitable economic systems, local and international, that also reward individual effort and contribution to the general welfare, and facilitate prosperity.

An end to poverty, defined as lack of basic necessities, including food, clean water, shelter, health care, and education.

Management of the world’s ecosystem to ensure that ours and future generations will survive and enjoy the benefits of life.

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