"Democracy presupposes the existence of political parties that have equal rights and are free to organize and to express themselves, provided their programs and actions do not call into question the fundamental values of democracy and human rights. Thus, democracy goes hand-in-hand with a multiparty system. The opposition must be guaranteed a clearly defined status free of any ostracism."
- While some regulation to foster transparency and democratic practices by political parties may be acceptable, parties should generally be free to determine their internal policies.
- All individuals and groups should have the right to establish their own political parties or political organizations on equal terms.
- States should legally recognize political parties for the effective exercise of related civil and political rights.