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Ministry of Human Rights condemns the massacre aggression against civilians in Hodeidah
[16 December 2017]
Republican Decree appoints Minister of Communications and Information Technology
[16 December 2017]
President Al-Samad meets the parliamentary bloc of Ibb Province
[16 December 2017]
President Al-Samad and Minister of Agriculture discuss work performance in agricultural sector
[16 December 2017]
Republican decree appoints minister of interior
[13 December 2017]
 
  Saudi Aggression War against Yemen
Saudi enemy’s aircrafts launch two raids on Serwah
[16 December 2017]
Over 20 citizens killed in US-Saudi airstrikes on Hodeida
[16 December 2017]
ballistic missile hits Saudi army’s command center in south Jizan
[16 December 2017]
Seven Saudi-paid mercenaries gunned down in Marib
[16 December 2017]
Army inflicts heavy losses upon mercenaries in Nehm front line
[16 December 2017]
 
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Feature: Untold story on Yemen's tourism, green, peaceful city, safe home for all IDPsþ
[12 November 2017]
Report: 49 Yemeni civilians killed in 212 Saudi aggression airstrikes in six days
[05 April 2017]
Roundup: 1107 Saudi airstrikes kill 135 Yemeni civilians in March
[29 March 2017]
Roundup: Saudi kills 15 Yemeni civilians in 112 airstrikes on Yemen in 3 days
[25 March 2017]
Report: Saudi kills 68 in 301 airstrikes on Yemen in 7 days
[23 March 2017]
 
  International
Yemen strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt
[25 November 2017]
President al-Sammad sends condolences to Sisi over deadly attack on Egypt mosque
[25 November 2017]
FM meets WFP official
[03 October 2017]
FM meets Russian charge d'affaires
[03 October 2017]
Yemen strongly condemns Las Vegas terrorist attack
[03 October 2017]
  Special Files
Bonino: democracy is least worst system
[11/January/2004]

SANA'A, Jan 11 (Saba) - Former European Commissioner and founder of the Italian 'No Peace Without Justice' organization Emma Bonino said on Sunday that democracy and the rule of law is the "least worst system in order to promote human and economic development."

"Democracy, founded on the principle that the government of a country is based on the will and consent of the governed, promotes choice, voice and access to rights," she said in a keynote speech before the Sana'a Inter-Governmental Regional Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Role of the ICC.

Bonino said elections are, therefore, only one hallmark of democracy.
"elections are necessary but are not sufficient for a system or country to be democratic."

"Democracy both requires and is safeguarded by the separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Government, providing an independent system of checks and balances to avoid the concentration of power."

Moreover, she said, democracy also requires that these branches of government carry out their mandates openly and transparently. This is where civil society, particularly the media, comes in.

She also said that democracy does not come in different types. "There is no such thing as a 'Western' democracy or an 'African' democracy or an 'Arab' democracy."

However, she said, it is true to say that the mechanisms by which democracy is implemented, such as the procedures or the electoral system, can be different.

"In fact, this is a logical by-product of democracy coming from the will and consent of the people, which of necessity are shaped by their cultures and traditions. But the fundamental principles of democracy remain the same, including the systems by which democracy and human rights must be safeguarded."

Bonino said democracy "is an imperfect system. It is a complex and fragile system, which needs constant care and monitoring. It is a process, not a fixed moment in time. Even well-established democratic political systems can run the risk of being spoiled by controlled or censored information or by limited participation unless there is vigilance by every actor in the system."
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