democratic reform

  • September 2, 2016

    Voicing deep concerns about the unfolding electoral crisis in Gabon, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for restraint and the upholding of international standards of human rights there. He  expressed UN support for a transparent verification of its recent presidential election results.

  • June 24, 2016

    Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, has issued a statement on the result of the referendum today.

  • March 5, 2014

    “'s easy if you try”. It's a good lyric but John Lennon was not entirely accurate. What might pejoratively be described as airy-fairy and perhaps slightly wishful supposition is not particularly difficult. More is asked of us by the kind of creative, imaginative thinking which has the power to transform.

  • December 13, 2012

    Economic, political and social well-being in Guatemala is still at risk 16 years after the country's peace accord, an ecumenical delegation has noted.

  • July 18, 2011

    UAE authorities should drop charges against five activists arrested for calling for democratic reforms, four global human rights bodies say.

  • February 16, 2011

    The leader of Egypt's Coptic Catholics has spoken of an “historic opportunity” for his country achieve the “dream” of a democratic system.

  • July 30, 2010

    These days people in or near power can't wait to get our opinions so that they can take them seriously, says Graeme Smith. Or so it seems. But underneath the new cyber-Athenian democracy is a deeper crisis of representation with political and theological roots.

  • July 11, 2010

    As the old joke goes, the way to confuse Daily Mail readers is to tell them that asylum-seekers are the natural enemies of homosexuals. This wouldn't have worked last week, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of two gay asylum-seekers, giving the right-wing media the opportunity to go into full scaremongering mode, firing off prejudiced comments about two groups handily combined into one.

  • April 21, 2010

    The Leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, has insisted that young people should be allowed a greater role in the democratic process. She pitched for the youth vote on BBC Radio 1.