Parliament Watch Program Launched in Timor-Leste

Dili, February 26, 2010 — The Asia Foundation and the Judicial System Monitoring Program announced today the launch of the Parliament Watch Program (PWP) in Timor-Leste. Through tools such as a new website, printed bulletins, and focus group discussions, the PWP will equip Timorese citizens with information and the ability to provide input to plenary and committee sessions and hearings. Additionally, the PWP will update the public through monthly reports on the status of laws, as well as the voting and attendance records of the members of the Parliament.

“The Parliament Watch Program’s reflects the fact that many Timorese want more transparency in the legislative process, which, at the end of the day, means expanding the number of access points to send and receive information,” explained Silas Everett, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Timor-Leste.

The three-year program is supported by USAID and was launched with the guidance of members of the National Parliament. To gauge national perceptions of the justice system, The Asia Foundation recently conducted its second nationwide survey of the rule of law in Timor-Leste. View the full findings from Law and Justice in Timor-Leste: A Survey of Citizen Awareness and Attitudes Regarding Law and Justice 2008.

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