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The role of the Juridical Truth Forum is to bring to light the illegalities of governments, decision-makers and officials which have become or are about to become a custom in the country; in other words, issues that are neglected by the judicial authorities.

Such a situation threatens the entire democratic form of government. There is an ever-present tendency for such illegitimate customs to emerge in even the most democratic states. Finlandisation is an instructive example of this.

Globalisation poses entirely new challenges to the principle of the rule of law. Speculative financial capital has risen to dominate the global economy. It carries forces that work not only against the rule of law but also against western democracy as a whole. The financial collapse of 2008 is an example of how speculative financial capital could bring entire states to the brink of an economic collapse.

Other examples are the structures in contradiction to the rule of law laid down in the EU Treaties, which allowed for numerous illegalities in the context of the eastern enlargement and the EMU.

Democracy in its present form cannot survive unless the principle of the rule of law is substantially developed.

A New Kind of Truth Commission

The following proposal will be discussed in the Juridical Truth Forum: every (constitutional) state (and union of states like the EU) should establish

(1) the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a permanent state body, and

(2) the Citizens’ Truth Commission Forum, which has a formal status in the society and which cooperates with the Truth Commission.

The implementation of the proposal will require changes to national constitutions and, e.g., EU Treaties.

It also requires developing and refining the idea of the Truth Commission. Furthermore, it requires a civic dialogue on the philosophy of justice and the stages in which the current constitutional states have developed. Otherwise, exposing individual wrongdoings and finding the perpetrators will easily be disruptive.

The development of international law is also one of the themes in the Juridical Truth Forum.

For freedom of opinion – against political lies!

In the Juridical Truth Forum, we discuss the new challenges and threats to freedom of opinion and expression. It is the most important human right. Access to diverse information is an essential part of it. [1]

A person who repeatedly distorts the opinions of others or defames them personally for political reasons is not exercising the freedom of speech. S/he is, in fact, assuming the powers of a censorship authority. It is a human rights violation – not only of the rights of the target of the distortion and defamation but also of other citizens. S/he restricts access to possibly important information. [2] It is not just defamation – in our opinion, it is a crime against political rights. If the purpose is to serve the interests of a foreign power, it can in some cases be considered treason. The Internet has radically aggravated the problem of this kind of political crimes.

How to define freedom of opinion and expression? – We need a broad discussion about this so that states can take steps to reform their penal codes if needed.

The best way to promote freedom of opinion and expression of all citizens is to strive for implementing the principle “One must get paid for truthfulness, solidarity and a sense of justice.”

On the basis of this general vision, many practical applications are possible.

We believe this principle, as well as a new definition of freedom of opinion, will some day be incorporated into the constitution of every democratic state.

However, with legislation alone, it is not possible to counter distortion, slander and lies. The tendency to be blinded in heated political discussions – as well as in personal disputes – is deeply rooted in human nature. This is why we also need the Literary Truth Forum.

[1] Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

[2] It is a historical fact, that a critique against outdated ideas, which are used to defend established social injustices, is initially in the minority and triggers even primitive reactions from the representatives of the privileged circles.

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