Tag Archive for Democracy

Egyptian autumn

Baroness Deech

Or, as the Americans would have it, Egyptian fall. My take on what is happening in Egypt right now is one I set out in the (much delayed) Lords debate on the Arab spring over a year ago.  In brief, democracy is not just about voting.  Voting is necessary but insufficient in itself.  The state needs a constitutional structure and…

Democracy and freedom in challenging conditions

Lord McConnell

On my previous visits to Rwanda over recent years, I have either been supporting specific projects managed by the Hunter or Clinton Foundations, or by other international NGO’s, or meeting the President to discuss global challenges: education, conflict, development. So Friday 24 May, the first full day of our APPG visit was particularly interesting. Meeting…

Scotland and the rest of us

Baroness Quin

Today concern about the potential break-up of Britain –  in light of  the planned referendum on independence for Scotland – will be raised in a debate in the House of Lords.  This is a subject about which I care deeply and while I accept that the people of Scotland certainly have a right to vote…

Congolese Elections: Democratisation is a process, not an event.

Lord McConnell

  On December 17 2010, a young Tunisian man set himself on fire.  This desperate act helped to spark a political revolution in the Arab world.  Images of people revolting against notoriously oppressive regimes captivated onlookers worldwide.  More than a year later, the world is indeed a different place – long-term dictators have been unseated, governments…

DRC Elections 2012: Observing a Rush to the Polls

Lord McConnell

November 28, 2011 was historic in the DRC; the first ever democratic national election organized by the Congolese themselves. Indeed it was only the second time since independence in 1960 that a multi-party electoral vote would be set to determine the presidential seat.  However, this relatively undeveloped voting system left the electoral process wide open…