Interviews from IBAHRI and Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy workshop, March 2011

PARLIAMENTARY STRENGTHENING

The IBA Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy (TWC)  held a two-day workshop in March 2011 on human rights and the role of parliaments, as part of their joint initiative on parliamentary strengthening.

The event was attended by parliamentarians and staff from a variety of European, Asian and African countries and marked the release of the IBA/TWC handbook, Human Rights and Parliaments.

During the course of the workshop the IBA interviewed many top parliamentarians and other attendees from around the world about challenges facing their respective countries. Below we present a selection of clips from these interviews.

LEBANON

 

 

Ibrahim Kanaan MP, Lebanon, outlines the major human rights issues facing his country (47 sec)
 
Ibrahim Kanaan MP, Lebanon, talks in greater detail about plans to improve prison conditions (21 sec)
 

 

 

Ibrahim Kanaan MP, Lebanon, on whether the 'Arab spring' will lead to long-term positive change (44 sec)
 
Ibrahim Kanaan MP, Lebanon, on the role and efficacy of international justice (1m 29s)
 


UK

 

Eric Metcalfe, Director of Human Rights Policy, Justice, UK, on the 'disproportionate' use of counter-terrorism powers such as control orders, stop and search, and deportation to countries which torture (1m 10s)
 
Eric Metcalfe, Director of Human Rights Policy, Justice, UK, on the Detainee Inquiry into complicity in torture abroad by UK authorities (1m 2s)
 


MOZAMBIQUE

 

Ernesto Lipapa MP, Mozambique, discusses making human rights relevant for the country's poor through implementing economic and social reform as well as raising awareness (43 sec)
 
Ernesto Lipapa MP, Mozambique, on balancing human rights education with the need to address more immediate concerns such as provision of food and water (40 sec)
 


UGANDA

 

Stephen Tashobya MP, Uganda, speaks about the challenges of rebuilding the state and human rights organisations following the breakdown of law and order caused by conflict in northern Uganda (1m 28s)
 
Stephen Tashobya MP, Uganda, 
on the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill (41 sec)
 

Sheila Nabachwa, Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives, Uganda, on the protection and promotion of human rights in Uganda (28 sec)
 
Sheila Nabachwa, Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives, Uganda, on international justice and Uganda (48 sec)
 

 
Sheila Nabachwa,
Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives, Uganda,
on the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill (30 sec)