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Albania: National security and the protection of human rights during emergency situations

2021-04-27T09:15:32+00:00April 27th, 2021|Human Rights, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Last year, many countries were faced with COVID-19 pandemic that provoked serious emergency health and national crises. Managing the pandemic and its consequences has been the most important task of the governments across the globe.  Most countries implemented temporary measures of quarantine that limited certain human rights. In particular, the freedom of movement and assembly [...]

Making the right to vote accessible to all: PWDs observe the parliamentary elections in North Macedonia

2021-04-13T08:14:34+00:00March 18th, 2021|Human Rights, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The right to vote is unfortunately still not completely accessible to all citizens in North Macedonia. 76 percent of voting stations have stairs and on half of them (49% percent) there are no access ramps. One third of access ramps cannot be used, due to improper inclination and width. These are some of the findings [...]

Impact of Covid-19 on people with disabilities in Albania

2021-01-28T08:52:19+00:00January 28th, 2021|Human Rights, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The Covid-19 pandemic created many health, economic and social difficulties in Albania, where different categories of populations have faced different challenges and problems. According to the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), 6.2 % of the Albanian population belongs to the group of people with disabilities (PwD). To better understand how the pandemic crisis has affected [...]

The Magnitsky Sanctions and the politics of individual accountability

2020-09-17T08:14:49+00:00September 17th, 2020|Human Rights|

by Franklin De Vrieze, WFD’s Senior Governance Adviser Human rights violators should be scared. More and more democratic countries are holding them individually accountable for their crimes and are issuing individual so-called 'Magnitsky Sanctions' to target them where it hurts most: their pockets and their freedom to travel.  The UK Government is seizing assets in Britain [...]

Sexual and gender equality: moving beyond myths and fears in policy discussions

2020-09-09T07:50:59+00:00September 9th, 2020|Human Rights, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership, Parliaments, Political Parties|

This briefing for parliamentarians and policymakers is a resource for informed parliamentary debates on sexual and gender equality. It provides an overview of terminology around LGBT+ persons and their rights. It addresses common myths and arguments used by policymakers and in parliamentary equality debates to maintain the status quo when it comes to criminalisation, access [...]

Decision-makers must pay attention to LGBT+ people’s experiences during the pandemic and beyond

2020-05-18T13:30:23+00:00May 17th, 2020|Citizen engagement, Human Rights, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership|

by Sophia Fernandes, WFD's Inclusion Adviser and Interim Regional Director for Asia As we move from counting ‘weeks’ to ‘months’ of physical distancing measures in the UK and start to see other countries emerge from counter-COVID-19 restrictions, the blurry picture of the long-term consequences of emergency measures and the pandemic at large is starting to [...]

Inclusion and accountability should be high on the agenda at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Commonwealth partnership says

2020-08-24T16:14:42+00:00March 4th, 2020|Citizen engagement, CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Financial oversight, Human Rights, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership, Open Parliament, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Women’s Political Leadership, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Commonwealth organisations are hosting a three-day conference in London which begins today (4 March) which aims to put inclusion and accountability high on the agenda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda in June 2020. Over the last two years the UK Government has helped advance inclusion and accountability across the Commonwealth [...]