Dictatorship

Presentation by: Ian L, Bethany F, and Lauren Gerni

What is a Dictatorship?

A country, government, or form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator. A dictator's source of power is almost always fear, usually engendered by a loyal paramilitary force that keeps political opponents and uprisings in check. All government officials serve at the will of the dictator and if any disloyalty is shown they are removed from their position.
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Elections in a Dictatorship

Most elections in dictatorships are rigged, and the votes do not actually matter, and sometimes there is ony one option to vote for, so no matter what the people the government want to get elected will get elected. In most dictatorships the people are not allowed to vote for the leader, but can vote for parliment. Elections are not held very often. In conclusion, a dictatorship is not set in stone; it depends on the country.
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What are the rights of people living in a dictatorship?

In a dictatorship people have few rights, because the government controlls every aspect of their lives. DIctators routinely disregard the needs of their people. For citizens living under a dictator, life is controlled and access to information and the outside world is limited.

Some examples of rights that are not given to people in a dictatorship are:

1. No RIght to Food - Dictatorships do not guarantee citizens food or shelter.

2. No Freedom of Speech.

3. No Freedom of Religious Belief - Some dictators extablish a state religion while others just band certain religious practices.

4: Lack of Due Process - Dictators detirmine the legal processes of their country and they are often biased.

What are the responsibilities of people living under a dictator?

In all dictatorships it is understood by the people that the country comes before anything. The citizens have a responsibility to turn in anybody who is participating in a wrong doing. This could mean anything from a actual crime to somebody practicing a religion that is prohibited.

What are the legal duties of people living under a dictator?

The legal duties of citizens under a dictator vary per country. For example in Nazi Germany, the citizens had a legal duty to turn in any minorities that were wanted such as the Jews.

Does a dictatorship protect natural rights?

This type of government does not protect natural rights. We know this because the people are controlled in most aspects of their lives. For example, a person should have the natural right to the pursuit of happiness. This is almost impossible for citizens under a dictatorship as they are not allowed to do the things they enjoy.
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Example of a Dictatorship

Past: Adolf Hitler; Nazi Germany 1933-1945

Present: IIham Aliyev; Azerbaijan 2003 to present