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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A balance between ensuring the safety of people and safeguarding their rights ought to be possible by keeping human rights standards at the forefront of the public health agenda and any national, regional, or global strategy to fight the pandemic.
Inclusion and accountability should be high on the agenda at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Commonwealth partnership says
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 [...]
International Human Rights Day on Tuesday 10 December is an occasion to underline that human rights are core components of democracy as a concept and as a practice, writes our senior human rights adviser Dina Melhem.
On 8th of October 2019, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy launched the HUGEN project. HUGEN stands for human rights and gender network. The project aims to support Western Balkans parliaments in reaching international standards for human rights and gender equality.