The seminar will provide an outline how and why the ‘European’ response was so mixed: in Belgium the compact was first accepted but next caused a political crisis and the government toppled over it; in the Netherlands (and also Iceland, Lithuania, Malta and Denmark), there was a ‘stipulation’ added within the wider context of acceptance and in Austria, the new right-wing government rejected the compact and refused to sign it (just as in Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria).
“The intention of public participation provisions in the Constitution is clear – to influence government policy outcomes so that they reflect “the will of the people”. Therefore, a vibrant civil society plays an indispensable role in a democracy. It facilitates public engagement with government organs, including legislatures, and ensures that institutions, policies and laws enjoy legitimacy among citizens.” – Nkosikhulule Nyembezi & Sam Waterhouse
On 1st February 1997 the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed by Parliament. Since then, many thousands of unborn children have been killed, their dignity and humanity counting for nothing. To mark this anniversary, and to pray for a change of heart on the part of all who disregard the rights of unborn children,
Holy Mass will be celebrated.
Held in Johannesburg at the Sacred Heart College, this Roundtable attracted more than 90 people, representing…