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MPs in Nepal scrutinise decades-old laws invoked by Government to respond to COVID-19

2020-05-14T08:42:16+00:00May 13th, 2020|Nepal News, Parliamentary, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

The Government of Nepal has invoked the Infectious Disease Act 1964 to battle coronavirus, including through enforcing quarantine. The Legislation Management Committee of the National Assembly has announced that it will conduct post-legislative scrutiny of the 57-year old law as part of its role to scrutinise government.

Regulating the world’s most valuable jade mines

2019-12-16T14:38:52+00:00December 16th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Myanmar produces 70% of the world’s jade, generating billions of dollars annually. Yet government revenues capture only a fraction of this value, and most citizens do not share in the potential benefits. WFD is supporting a parliamentary committee in Myanmar to assess the legislation that currently regulates jade mining.

Following the law: Combatting discrimination and human rights violations through post-legislative scrutiny

2019-10-30T10:12:36+00:00October 30th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

WFD's Senior Governance Advisor, Franklin de Vrieze, explains the importance of assessing the implementation, impact and unintended effects of legislation for the protection and promotion of human rights in Indonesia. “Public expectations of parliaments’ legislative success have evolved substantially, from getting laws on the statute book to ensuring that laws are brought into effect and [...]

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

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

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|Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Research|

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 [...]

Election observation in Indonesia

2019-05-17T11:52:18+00:00April 30th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Elections|

Former Conservative MP, Rt Hon Sir Simon Burns, reports back on his time in Indonesia observing the world's third largest democracy in action.  Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world with an electorate of about 193 million voters. The election on 17 April was unique because for the first time the country's [...]

Burmese MPs look to South Africa for lessons on education

2019-04-29T13:24:21+00:00April 26th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Quality education is essential for a country to alleviate poverty. That is why this week, a delegation from the Union Parliament of Myanmar visited South Africa to learn more about education policy, as they strive to push for landmark reforms. South Africa has faced its own challenges over the last few decades as the [...]