A unique characteristic of a democracy is that such a system ensures more rights than those required under international standards, the head of the Hungarian parliament’s foreign affairs committee said on Tuesday, concluding an online conference.
Zsolt Németh addressed the conference focusing on national minorities and totalitarian rule to mark the 31st anniversary of the outbreak of Romania’s revolution in Temesvár (Timisoara) in December 1989.
It was within the framework of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that democracies and dictatorships jointly codified international law, Németh said.
“Democracies, however, must ensure more [rights] than what have been guaranteed under common norms,” he said.
“Democracies must guarantee as many rights as national communities fight for and achieve themselves,” Németh said, adding that future tasks ought to be defined based on this concept.
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