Penn State International Law Review


Monica Pinto

First Paragraph

International human rights law assumes that democracy is the best context for human rights to be fully enjoyed and exercised. Accordingly, permissible restrictions to human rights should pass the test of being "necessary in a democratic society."' Accordingly, everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized. Thus, governments are under the duty to "ensure" the free and full exercise of the protected human rights to every person subject to their jurisdiction.