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Below is an overview of the most important points in my recent report submitted to the 27th UN Human Rights Council Session held in Geneva (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IntOrder/Pages/Reports.aspx).

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Please feel free to cite my report in your writings:

“Democracy and self-determination serve the overall goal of enabling human security and human rights.”

“Representative democracy deserves the predicate “democratic” only if and when parliamentarians genuinely represent their constituents.”

“The ideal of direct democracy, including the power of legislative initiative of citizens and control of issues through genuine consultation and referenda has been partially achieved only in few countries.”

“Budget and fiscal transparency are necessary tools to prevent the hijacking of the international order by the international military-industrial complex.”

“Downsizing military budgets will enable sustainable development, the eradication of extreme poverty, the tackling of global challenges including pandemics and climate change, educating and socializing youth towards peace, cooperation and international solidarity.”

“Disarmament is not just an idle promise; it is also a commitment under article 26 of the Charter of the United Nations.”

“The existence of zero nuclear weapons may sound utopian, but the effort is required in the name of humanity.”

“According to a 2014 report, the European Union is spending at least 315 million euros on drone-related projects.”

“Reduced military budgets will release funds for the promotion and protection of human rights and for addressing global problems such as pandemics, climate change, deforestation and acute water shortages.”

“Austerity is necessary in the military – not in the progressive achievement of economic, social and cultural rights.”

“States should significantly reduce military spending and develop conversion strategies to reorient resources towards social services, the creation of employment in peaceful industries, and greater support to the post-2015 development agenda.”

With best regards,