The European Union and UNDP promote South-South cooperation among the six Portuguese speaking countries from the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, responding to the acronym of PALOP-TL (Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa e Timor-Leste).
On July 21, the Turkish Parliament’s constitutional committee passed a bill that criminalized mentioning the Armenian Genocide in Parliament.
The bill that was submitted for debate by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) requires a number of changes in the internal rules of procedure of the legislative body.
In addition to banning the mentioning of the Armenian Genocide, lawmakers are also banned from using the terms “Kurdistan...more
La 70e session du Comité exécutif de l’Union parlementaire africaine (UPA) s’est clôturée, vendredi à Rabat, au terme de deux jours de travaux menés en présence des présidents et des délégués des parlements de plusieurs pays africains.
Cette session, dont la clôture s’est déroulée en présence du président de la Chambre des représentants, a été notamment marquée par l’adoption du projet de l’ordre du jour du 40è congrès et de l’...more
In chapter two of my 2015 book, The Thoughts of an Ordinary Citizen, titled, “The Idiot’s Guide to South African Parliament: a Fear Factor at Play”, I write: “As long as (national speaker Baleka) Mbete and (President Jacob) Zuma are at the helm of their respective incumbencies, the NA would never hold the executive to account.”
A fear factor stems from the fact that MPs cannot exercise their conscience because South Africa uses a party system.
“In a democratic system,” I argue...more
Open Government Partnership (OGP) is calling for papers that will help the organization in convincing high-level political leaders to support open government reform. The theoretical and empirical papers will be rewarded up to 10,000$ upon the demonstration of the impact of transparency,...more
An Indigenous representative voice should be enshrined in the constitution, the prime minister’s Referendum Council has recommended, largely accepting the calls of the Uluru “statement from the heart”.
The final report, delivered to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten on Monday afternoon, recommends a referendum asking that “a representative body that gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations a voice to the Commonwealth parliament” be included in the constitution.... more
Poland's conservative ruling party has pushed a bill through the lower house of parliament that would give lawmakers a dominant role in appointing judges, a move that opposition parties and rights groups said would make jurists subject to political influence.
The proposed law would change the makeup of the National Judiciary Council.
At present, the council's members are appointed by sitting judges, and it is considered nonpartisan. The pending bill would give the legislature...more
Senator Dean Smith confirmed that he is drafting a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.
Many MPs want the bill debated when the Australian parliament returns in August.
This comes after a new poll suggested Australian voters want to go to the polls for same-same marriage, rather than let politicians have a free vote in parliament.
Senator Smith, who is openly gay himself, has been seeking to end the “embarrassment” of the nation and legalise same-sex marriage...more