Documents on Democracy

Issue Date January 2015
Volume 26
Issue 1
Page Numbers 197-203
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  • Excerpts from a November 15 letter by the Hong Kong Federation of Students (who were among the leaders of the "Umbrella Revolution") to Chinese premier Li Keqiang, inviting him to visit Hong Kong.
  • Excerpts from the 310-page campaign manifesto of former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, who was proclaimed Afghanistan’s new president on September 21 after lengthy negotiations and an audit of the June 14 presidential runoff.
  • Excerpts from the third annual Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture given by Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais on November 4 at Johannesburg’s Wits University. Marques, head of the anticorruption website Maka Angola, is known for his courageous investigative reporting on conflict,the diamond industry, and corruption in Angola. In his speech, Marques pays tribute to his Mozambican colleague Carlos Cardoso, a leading journalist who was assassinated on 22 November 2000 while investigating a massive fraud case. 
  • An October 10 open letter sent by a group of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and leading human-rights organizations to the United Nations and the European Union calling for the immediate release of human-rights activist Liu Xiaobo, currently the only Nobel laureate in prison.