Civil and Political Rights

IDC does not support particular political parties or regimes in any nation nor align itself with specific political candidates or movements. IDC pursues policies that safeguard the full and free exercise of human and political rights for every individual and community, regardless of religion or ethnicity. IDC holds all political leaders and governments to universal standards of just and sound governance. These standards stem from the dignity, unity and equality of all people, are founded in the values of truth, freedom, and justice, and are guided by principles of the common good. These standards include but are not limited to:

1)The rights of individuals and communities to full and equal participation in the political life of a nation, without discrimination of ethnicity or creed;

2) The rights of individuals and communities to contribute to the cultural, economic, political, and social life of the community to which they belong, enjoying equally the conditions of social life and the benefits of civil society, without discrimination of ethnicity or creed;

3) The rights of communities, including minority communities of religious or ethnic identity, to maintain the bonds of public association and community property as manifestations of their communal identity, life, practices and heritage;

4) The responsibility of leaders to practice and uphold commutative, distributive and legal justice equally across all sectors of society, to foster genuine ethical-social solidarity as the bond of interdependence between individuals and peoples, and to be accountable to their citizens and communities for the use of authority placed at the service of the common good;

5) The opposition to the unjustified or excessive presence of the State in public affairs and the coercive use of police or military force upon one’s own citizens, eroding or eclipsing the basic political, civil and human rights of individuals and communities;

IDC categorically rejects all forms or practices of government, secular or theocratic, where the fundamental rights of individuals and communities to participate in public life are considered a threat to the State itself and denied in their origin or expression, as found in countries ruled by totalitarian or dictatorial regimes.

IDC believes in a future for the Middle East in which all members of society across every nation, regardless of ethnicity or religion, can live as contributing and integrated members of society, protected under the mantel of a robust exercise of political participation and well respected human and civil rights extended equally to all.