Students are planning a protest in support of the Save Democracy campaign on a university campus next week.
The University of Sussex Students’ Union said: “The Save Democracy campaign is a new initiative to alert world leaders, international and local providers/actors of non-state governance, civil society and many others , so that they stand up to defend democracy in a way that is much safer and more secure for sustainable development to take place.
“The campaign will address several issues that undermine democracy around the world. More importantly, we will stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and in defense of democracy in general. »
The demonstration is due to take place at midday Thursday (March 17) in Library Square on the University of Sussex’s Falmer Campus.
The organizers referred to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – or Global Goals – and said: “Delivering a better life for all, a goal enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cannot be achieved and maintained only in an atmosphere of peace and responsibility.
“This is recognized in SDG16, which calls on citizens and world leaders to ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable institutions. and inclusive at all levels”.
“Yet today, democracy is threatened and attacked from many angles.
“Discrediting a democratic process for personal and political gain, fueling hate crimes through reckless speech (especially by those in positions of authority), relentless military coups without strong condemnation or deterrence, racial and profiling, sexual harassment/violence in schools and workplaces, repression of dissenting voices and restriction of freedom at the polls have all put democracy under serious attack across the world.
“To defend democracy, democratic government leaders must renew their commitment to fulfilling its fundamental promises of ‘freedoms and rights’, ‘equality and justice’ and ‘accountability to the people’ by keeping their electoral promises, public accountability and commitment to the principle of natural law that all people are created equal and that no individual should be discriminated against because of the color of their skin or denied opportunities in life because of their place of birth.