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17 October 2017
Commonwealth Parliamentarians meet to Reinvigorate the Commonwealth
150 members of parliament from across the Commonwealth will convene in London to engage in a new Forum specifically for Parliamentarians ahead of the UK-hosted Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018, more commonly known as CHOGM.
The Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) will take place from 26 February-1 March 2018. Parliamentarians will examine the CHOGM theme – ‘Towards a Common Future’ – and the four main goals:
They will then return to their capitals better able to inform and influence their governments ahead of CHOGM itself, taking place in London from 16-18 April 2018.READ MORE
12 October 2017
Later this year, Commonwealth lawmakers will take part in a Legislative Drafting Seminar which will provide them with practical advice and support to replicate the Modern Slavery Act.
The Seminar, along with this new and engaging animation, is part of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK’s) Modern Slavery Project which links up parliamentarians from the Commonwealth to explore how best to combat modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.
The Project was established last year with funding from the Home Office. It has already organised regional workshops for the Africa and Asia-Pacific Regions.READ MORE
19 July 2017
A series of workshops on modern slavery, which brought together around 70 parliamentarians from 13 countries, has seen a significant increase in understanding and a greater commitment to combating human trafficking and exploitation from legislators.
Organised by CPA UK, the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop and the Africa Regional Workshop highlighted some of the causes and consequences of modern slavery, which claims an estimated 45.8 million victims worldwide.READ MORE
18 July 2017
Based on its direct observations and within the scope of the assessment of its Observers, the EAM concludes that the 8 June 2017 General Election process largely respected national laws and procedures. However, the Observers recognised that in order for the UK to maintain its international and regional obligations and commitments regarding genuine elections certain vulnerabilities, as highlighted in this report, should be addressed. The EAM recognises that the electoral process in the UK is substantially based on broad trust and confidence in the integrity of the process and the impartiality of the electoral administration. Moreover, the EAM would recommend a review of certain guidelines and provisions with a view to establish greater consistency and equality regarding how the process is carried out throughout the country but also to consider, or anticipate, the potential need to add new procedural safeguards to limit the consequences of any erosions of trust in different parts of the process.
The full Final Report on CPA UK's Election Assessment Mission of the UK 8 June 2017 General Election can be viewed here.READ MORE
11 July 2017
Recommendations to review election laws and further comply with international obligations have been made by the Election Observation Mission (EOM) of 6 Observers, led by Hon. Steve Rodan MLC, President of Tynwald (Isle of Man) in their Final Report on the May 2017 General Election.
The EOM which was arranged by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Isles and Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR) found that the elections met the international standards for democratic, genuine and transparent elections but offered recommendations notably regarding voter and candidate’s eligibility criteria, constituency boundaries and the participation of women.
10 July 2017
Welcome to the summary of the final day of the Modern Slavery Africa Regional Workshop. Day Three was an opportunity to look at the practicalities of implementing modern slavery legislation as well as the challenges and also to look forward to how, as parliamentarians, the delegates would put into practices some of the themes from the workshop.
UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
The opening session on the final day began with a contribution from the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE. Set up as a result of the Modern Slavery Act, the Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s role is to promote best practice and drive crucial improvement across the anti-slavery response, both in the UK and internationally.
Kevin Hyland highlighted the strategic goals of his role, which are to provide care for victims; enforce the law; promote partnerships; and encourage international collaboration. He went on to urge parliamentarians to act on issues of modern slavery as they are one of the few actors in society with the access and influence to free people from slavery. He also highlighted initiatives and resources such as the 8.7 Alliance and the ILO Protocol Ratification that can assist parliamentarians in these efforts.
05 July 2017
Welcome to the summary of Day Two of the Modern Slavery Africa Regional Workshop. The second day of the workshops allowed delegates to explore the legislative landscape of the region as well as how, as parliamentarians, they could have an impact. The workshop remained under Chatham House Rule.
Mapping the legislative landscape
The opening session laid out the current modern slavery-related legislation in the jurisdictions represented at the workshop. Recent changes to legislation, as well as ongoing work to combat modern slavery was highlighted. Evident themes across the region, drawing on evidence from the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, included growing issues related to child trafficking and a lack of training and enforcement.
Following on from this, delegates split into small groups to discuss in greater detail the developments and challenges with regards to addressing modern slavery issues in their countries. The discussions brought up concerns around funding and resources, as well as porous borders, corrupt officials and party divisions.
04 July 2017
Today saw the launch of CPA UK’s Modern Slavery Africa Regional Workshop in Entebbe, with delegates in attendance representing Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and the United Kingdom. The workshop aims to build networks, support the development of modern slavery legislation and inform and empower parliamentarians and officials to take the lead on combating exploitation and upholding human rights.
The workshop is under Chatham House Rules and - as a result - the following summary is an overview of the themes and discussions on Day 1.
Defining modern slavery
Recognising that the term ‘modern slavery’ can mean different things to different people, the opening session sought to reach a consensus on what issues the three-day workshop would address.
The session covered the UK definition of modern slavery and how it has come about, looking in particular at key legal cases. The session also introduced the UK Modern Slavery Act, which, in 2015, took a myriad of existing laws and consolidated it into one act.
The discussion that followed continued to emphasise that modern slavery is a complex issue that effects not only men and women differently but also developing and developed countries differently. As a result, in efforts to combat trafficking and exploitation, a stance of cultural sensitivity must be adopted.
29 June 2017
CPA UK's review and management response to the International Parliamentary Project (IPP) on Sustainability, Energy and Development 2015-2016 has now been published.
As part of CPA UK’s commitment to implement its monitoring and evaluation framework, developed in 2015, it had commissioned an external consultant to carry out a broad review of the flagship International Parliamentary Project (IPP) on Sustainability, Energy and Development 2015-2016.READ MORE
28 June 2017
The report highlights some of the varied work that CPA UK carried out in the last financial year, including a range of bilateral outreach programmes with partner parliaments, as well as a series of multilateral conferences and projects.READ MORE
26 June 2017
A workshop for parliamentarians from across Africa is taking place in Entebbe, Uganda from 4-6 July. The workshop, organised by CPA UK, aims to build networks to support the development of modern slavery legislation, whilst developing groups of informed and empowered parliamentarians and officials with the confidence and ability to take the lead on legislative reform.
Attending the workshop will be MPs from Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique and Kenya. The programme will focus specifically on the challenges and opportunities in the Sub-Sahara Africa Region which, according to the Global Slavery Index, has an estimated 6.2 million victims of modern slavery as well as the highest rate of child trafficking in the world.READ MORE
28 April 2017
CPA UK will conduct an Election Assessment Mission (EAM) of the UK General Election across eight constituencies during the period Saturday 3 June – Saturday 10 June 2017. Each of the eight constituencies will be the subject of an election assessment to consider the conduct of the electoral process, and make recommendations for improvement.READ MORE