Documents on Democracy

Issue Date April 2009
Volume 20
Issue 2
Page Numbers 179-184
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  • Excerpts from Charter 08, an open letter signed by more than three-hundred Chinese citizens calling for a political system in China based on human rights and democracy.
  • Portions of a January 10 ECOWAS statement condemning the military coup in Guinea that followed the death of President Lansana Conté on 22 December 2008.
  • Excerpts from the January 7 inauguration speech of new Ghanaian president John Evans Atta Mills, who defeated the ruling party’s candidate in a 28 December 2008 runoff election.
  • Statements issued by the UN Security Council and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union commending the conduct of Iraq’s January 31 provincial elections, which saw more than half the population turning out to vote for nearly fifteen-thousand candidates.