Excerpts from remarks made on March 11 by Xu Youyu, a Charter 08 signatory, as he accepted the People in Need foundation's annual Homo Homini Award on behalf of imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a leading figure behind Charter 08.
Portions of the African Union's March 20 decision on the forced resignation of Madagascar's President Ravalomanana by military leaders who then conferred power on opposition leader Andry Rajoelina.
Excerpts from the June 1 inauguration speech of new El Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes of the FMLN, the country's first leftist president.
ASEAN's May 19 statement condemning Burma's (Myanmar's) treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi after an uninvited American swam across a lake and entered her house.
Public-opinion data from Pew Research Center show that global support for representative democracy is widespread, but often thin. Amid rising economic anxiety, cultural unease, and political frustration, citizens are increasingly open to alternative…