The Joint Statement of EEOPs and MIP

Election Education and Observation Partners (EEOPs) and Myanmar Initiative Partners (MIP) had issued a joint statement for the observers.


 

As the Articles stated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you need to ask yourself the following questions, as an observer:

  • Are all political parties and politicians able and free to speak and express themselves in public without fear?
  • Are people being physically attacked by their political opponents or people who hold different political views?
  • Is the state or, are security agencies harassing people who are exercising their right to freedom of speech?
  • Are political parties exercising their right to freedom of speech without insulting their political opponents or saying things that are not true about them?
  • Is the media allowed to report freely on all phases of the electoral process?

Freedom of speech does not mean that:

  • You have the right to insult your opponent.
  • You have the right to hatred or violence.
  • You have the right to say things that are untrue about other people.
  • No one is allowed to incite hatred against other members of the community.

 

Ref; http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

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