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Journal of Democracy 11.3 (2000) 188-191
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Journal of Democracy Launches New Website
The Journal of Democracy recently launched a new website, located at www.ned.org/jod/jod.htm. It contains the table of contents of the current issue, as well as links to "Election Watch" and selected articles in full text. The site also has a searchable index of all the articles ever published in the Journal, as well as tables of contents from previous issues. In addition, supplementary material, such as appendices and related documents, will be posted exclusively on the website. It also features a "Discussion Forum," where readers can submit comments on current and past articles. For more information, please visit the site or email us at email@example.com.
NED Announces Democracy Award Winners
On May 3, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) presented its 2000 Democracy Award to Veton Surroi, editor and publisher of the Albanian-language Kosovar newspaper Koha Ditore, and Natasa Kandiç, head of the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Center, which has documented human-rights violations in Yugoslavia since 1992. The two individuals were honored for their courage, as well as their commitment to democracy and human rights. Senator Richard Lugar, a NED board member, presented the award to Veton Surroi, and NED chairman John Brademas presented it to Natasa Kandiç. Senator Lugar called Surroi a "true hero" and "a man of moderation in an area of the world where moderation and reconciliation have been extraordinarily difficult to practice." Brademas praised Kandiç's unflagging dedication to the cause of democracy in Serbia. Other speakers included Martin C.M. Lee, leader of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong and recipient of the 1997 Democracy Award, Senator Paul Wellstone, and Representative Elliot Engel. [End Page 188]
Constitution-Making for the Commonwealth
Last November, following consultations with constitutional experts in Africa, the New Delhi-based Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) published a list of recommendations on constitution-making and submitted it to Commonwealth heads of government. The recommendations emphasize the process by which citizens can participate in the making of a new constitution. A number of Southern Africa Development Community representatives have drawn upon the document in the course of their discussions with member countries on constitutional matters. Founded in 1987, CHRI is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving human rights within the countries of the Commonwealth. For more information, see www.human rightsinitiative.org.
Sustaining Democracy in Southern Africa
On May 8-10, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the government of Botswana, and the Parliamentary and Elections Forums of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) cosponsored a conference in Gaborone, Botswana, entitled "Towards Sustainable Democratic Institutions in Southern Africa." Panel sessions included overviews of elections, political parties, and political party funding in the region, as well as case studies of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Among those scheduled to attend were Botswana president Festus G. Mogae, SADC Elections Forum president Justice L. Makame, and Lord David Steel, presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament. For more information, see www.idea.int.
Congolese Woman Wins Human Rights Award
On April 13 in Geneva, the 2000 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders was presented to Immaculée Birhaheka, director of the Goma-based Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Feminines (PAIF--Promotion and Support of Women's Initiatives). The award, issued by the Swiss-based Martin Ennals Foundation, was given in recognition of Ms. Birhaheka's efforts to promote the rights of women in her country in the face of constant threats and arrest. For more information, see www.digitalsmile.com/mea/.
Asian Center for Democratic Governance
The governments of the United States and India recently announced the launching of a joint, non-governmental initiative called the Asian Center for Democratic Governance. Organized by the National Endowment for Democracy and the Confederation of Indian Industry, the new center was announced by President Bill Clinton at a joint press [End Page 189] conference with Prime Minister Atul Bihari Vajpayee on 21 March 2000, following the president's address to the Indian...