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Human Rights and Parliaments: Handbook for Members and Staff

The Westminster Consortium (TWC) has launched a new publication, Human Rights and Parliaments: Handbook for Members and Staff.

Developed by the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the handbook is a useful reference tool designed to support MPs and parliamentary staff to ensure that legislation passed is aligned to international human rights conventions and norms.

It provides best practice and practical guidance about how MPs and their staff can perform their crucial role in ensuring the legislature upholds the rule of law and human rights.

The handbook draws on the experience gained from a series of training sessions undertaken by the IBAHRI, as part of TWC, for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff in Georgia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Uganda and Ukraine in 2009 and 2010. The handbook covers the complete range of human rights issues including extensive work on social and economic rights, which currently challenge many parliaments in formulating new legislation.

Please download a copy of the handbook below or visit The Westminster Consortium website for more information on its use as part of our parliamentary strengthening programmes.