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Laws, Lies and Liberty: media freedom in South-East Asia

2019-08-13T11:16:47+00:00July 29th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Human Rights, Indonesia|

On 11 July, Westminster Foundation for Democracy organised a roundtable on media freedom in South-East Asia, as part of the UK Foreign Office’s conference on defending media freedom. The panel, which included senior government ministers and journalists from across the region, examined current concerns on media freedom, including regulation of online news and the [...]

Landmark regional conference in Yangon on better laws for citizens

2019-06-18T11:28:42+00:00June 17th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Research, Sri Lanka|

Over 600 legislators, senior civil servants and experts in democracy have come together today (17 June) to share insights into how parliaments in Asia and around the world are monitoring and reviewing laws to ensure they work effectively for citizens, at a conference in Yangon, Myanmar. Delegates have come from Myanmar and 44 other [...]

Indonesia leads the way on parliamentary commitment to openness in Asia

2019-04-18T14:06:12+00:00April 17th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Open Parliament, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|

As election day in Indonesia comes to an end, will the appointment of over 20,000 new legislators make its parliament more open and transparent? Indonesia is the world’s third largest democracy and 192 million voters are going to the polls today. That is why, as in any democracy, it is important to have an open [...]

Malaysian Parliament renews commitment to women’s rights

2019-02-27T16:27:57+00:00February 27th, 2019|Asia, CP4D, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 18-19 February, the Malaysian Parliament held the Women’s Political Leadership conference in Kuala Lumpur. The #WomenWhoLead summit brought together political and civil society leaders and influencers from across the Commonwealth to share inspiration and insights around the myths that prevent us from creating positive change for women’s rights. Co-hosted with the Westminster Foundation [...]

WFD to lead new Commonwealth programme on parliamentary accountability and inclusion

2018-07-24T10:34:43+00:00April 17th, 2018|Asia, Democracy and Governance, Sub-Saharan Africa|

WFD will implement a £4 million programme to build trust in democratic institutions and support the political engagement of minorities and vulnerable groups in 18 developing countries across the Commonwealth. The programme, funded by the UK Government as Chair of the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM), was announced by Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon Boris [...]

Helping women run for office in upcoming Sri Lanka local elections

2018-08-09T11:06:52+00:00April 26th, 2017|Asia, Sri Lanka, Women’s Political Leadership|

“I had heard about the new women quota for elections but had little knowledge on how local government operates and the opportunities for public involvement”, says Ms. Jeeva Nishanthini, a 26-year-old local Tamil resident from the Nuwara Eliya district, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Between October 2016 and March 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), [...]

Crafting effective legislation needs a solid understanding of society

2018-08-08T14:05:08+00:00March 30th, 2017|Asia, Pakistan|

Kashif Mahmood Tariq, a former legislative drafter from Pakistan participated in a WFD organised placement in October 2016. Following his placement he argued that effective legislation needs a solid understanding of society. Parliaments find it very easy to pass laws. Yet those who work for them often find themselves scratching their heads about how to [...]

Supporting effective subnational government in Burma

2018-08-08T14:00:09+00:00March 30th, 2017|Asia, Burma|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy is committed to supporting the consolidation of democracy in Burma at both the national and regional level. Whilst our programme (in partnership with the UK House of Commons) with the Hluttaw in Naypidaw goes from strength to strength, our team in Burma looks to develop a complementary programme at the State [...]