The Democrat Union of Africa DUA


We, the participants of the Democrat Union of Africa, in association with the International Democrat Union, hereby adopt a Constitution and Charter of Values and invite other persons and organisations to subsequently join us in affirming that:

We hold a common conviction that democratic societies provide individuals throughout the world with the best conditions for political liberty, personal freedom, equality of opportunity and economic development under the rule of law, and therefore:

We are committed to advancing - on the African continent and around the world - the social and political values on which democratic societies are founded, including the basic personal freedoms and human rights, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, inter alia, the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights; in particular, the rights of free speech, organisation, assembly and non-violent dissent, the right of free and fair elections and the freedom to organise effective opposition to government, the right to a free and independent media; the right to religious belief; equality before the law; and individual opportunity and prosperity;

We hold common beliefs in an open society, where power is dispersed widely amongst free institutions, dedicated to creating conditions that will enable individuals to reach their full potential and to carry out their responsibilities to their fellow men and women; and where the central task of government is to serve the individual and to safeguard and promote individual freedom; equality; and security;

We stress the moral commitments of a free and open society, supporting the institution of the family as a vital social and cohesive force, as well as social responsibility towards the weak and less fortunate, particularly by encouraging self help and individual initiative, private enterprise and choice in the provision of services;

We are dedicated to a society of individuals working together in partnership for their mutual benefit;

We hold common views that political democracy, private property and the promotion of individual initiative are inseparable components of individual liberty and that the free market economy and the policy of reducing the size and scope of government provide the best means of creating the wealth and material prosperity to meet the legitimate aspirations of individuals, and to tackling social problems such as unemployment and inflation;

We believe that this is the most effective and beneficial way of providing individual initiative and enterprise, strong and responsible economic development, employment opportunities, low taxation and consumer choice;

We reject any form of totalitarianism, civil war or coup-d'etate, which brings so much suffering and restricts so many freedoms today;

Inspired by our common convictions, we understand the important tasks which render necessary and desirable a closer and efficient collaboration of our organisations;

We pledge ourselves to work towards closer co-operation among all democrat-minded persons in Africa and around the world, who subscribe to the values outlined above, while recognising the right of each individual nation to preserve its identity and to safeguard its vital interests, to use their influence and above all their political values for the greater good of the African continent and the world at large, especially by promoting the mutual responsibilities of all nations for global economic development;

We declare our dedication to a just and lasting peace and freedom throughout the African continent and the word at large; and,

We further declare that the cause of peace will be advanced by adherence to the principles expressed in this preamble; and therefore,

We actively invite other persons and organisations to join us in subscribing to, and promoting, these principles; and further,

In adopting this document we hereby acknowledge the foundation of a working association in pursuance of these common beliefs hereinafter referred to as the Democrat Union of Africa, in association with the International Democrat Union.

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