UN Security Council veto: Does the veto power violate democratic principles of equality?

  • The ability to veto does indeed violate democracy.

    Here, let me put it like this: a group of 15 friends get together and all agree to get some ice-cream, except for one. Now because one of them said no, the remaining 14, despite still wanting the ice-cream, listened to him. That's not very democratic, now, is it? But wait, it gets worse: the group of friends get together again the next day and decide to watch a movie. All 14 agree, except one, but this one wasn't from the "popular 5", and as such they all ignored him and went anyway. Now, it doesn't seem fair at all, does it? Therefore, the ability to veto should either be given to the 10 temporary members as well, or removed entirely.

  • It is undemocratic by definition.

    Democracy treats every member equally. In this case, 5 member have got special privileges that are not shared by other people. If veto is supposed to be important, it should be shared by all members and there should not be 5 permanent members at all.
    People who argue that there are small countries and then there are large countries should also not that veto is given to the 5 countries that are neither the largest in terms of size nor the largest in terms of population. It is in fact given to the countries that were most powerful in terms of military strength when UN was formed. So basically, UN security council is ruled by a small group of people who have absolute power and were not elected to their post by other members and just assumed the post based on military strength. This resembles a dictatorship more than democracy.

  • It does without a doubt

    Well, it boils down to the five permanent member of the security council. The temporary members are just there for consulting. If even one permanent member of the security council vetoes a resolution, its rejected and forgotten. Last time I checked, the majority wins in a democratic society, not the minority.

  • It tips towards not being democratic

    At the end of the day, it comes to the permanent members of the security council to decide upon a resolution. If even one permanent member out of the five rejects it, then the whole resolution is dropped. How does this serve the principle of democracy if the majority never wins?

  • Yes It supports democratic principles.

    Having a veto power on the UN security Council does not violate democratic principles of equality. The veto gives one a chance to voice opinion giving equal voice to everyone on the council. This gives everyone a chance to work toward an agreement everyone agrees to. The idea of democratic principles.

  • Security council vetoes have little to do with democracy

    One look at how much of the UN votes and speaks is all it takes to understand how important a Security Council veto is. Its relatively easy to amass a large number of votes in the general council, due to the large number of small countries; while many countries vote and speak, very few countries in body bear the brunt of the cost and political response from such votes. Any serious resolution backed without the world's foremost powers (largely represented in the council) would be largely ineffectual in any case - a veto allows a vote passed to at least have some legitimacy.

  • No the democratic principles of equality are not violated by the power of veto.

    The veto power does not violate democratic principles of equality. The veto power actually provides democratic principles to the council. The veto gives voice to the minority. The veto also allows for the dissent to show it's side. All sides views being known, allows for discussion which can lead to resolve.

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