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One should never make the mistake of equating the two concepts of human rights and democracy based simply on majority. While the idea of democracy may include beliefs in equality and tolerance, it is more often more narrowly defined as the "majority rules" and displays little or no regard for the broader aspects of universal human rights in regards to ending discrimination. We see this even in the most "democratic" societies of North America, Europe and parts of Australasia, which are generally held up as the most respectful of these ideas. While most if not all of those countries are democratic in the sense of majority rules, it could still be successfully argued that most, if not all, are not totally compliant with basic human rights concepts. Most still have issues with certain types of marriage, race or linguistic rights to name a few.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:25:21 UTC | #910978