Documents on Democracy

Issue Date July 2006
Volume 17
Issue 3
Page Numbers 180-85
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  • Excerpts from Akbar Ganji’s June 5 acceptance speech for the annually awarded Golden Pen Award of the World Association of Newspapers. Ganji is a prominent Iranian dissident and journalist, who was released in March after a five-year prison term; his essay was featured in the October 2005 issue.
  • Excerpts from a speech by Nigeria’s president Olusegun Obasanjo, after the Nigerian Senate rejected a bill of constitutional amendments that would have allowed for presidential third terms.
  • “Manifesto for a European Democracy Foundation,” issued by the Democracy Caucus of the European Parliament, endorsing the establishment of a “European Foundation for Democracy Through Partnership.”
  • Excerpts from the “2006 Declaration on Freedom and Democracy for Vietnam,” representing one of the most widely endorsed public demands for political change by Vietnamese citizens. The number of signatories continues to rise.