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Parliamentarians from Africa and Asia-Pacific pledge to do more to tackle modern slavery

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.

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Election Assessment Mission, UK 2017 General Election- Final Report

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.

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Election Observation Mission Presents Final Report on Cayman Islands One-Person-One Vote 2017 Elections

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.

 

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Modern Slavery Africa Regional Workshop – Day Three Summary

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.

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Modern Slavery Africa Regional Workshop – Day Two Summary

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.

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Modern Slavery Africa Regional Workshop – Day One Summary

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.

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Review and Management Response: CPA UK's International Parliamentary Project (IPP) on Sustainability, Energy and Development 2015-2016

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.

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CPA UK Annual Report 2016-17

28 June 2017

CPA UK's annual report and annual accounts for 2016-17 have now been published.

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.

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African parliamentarians join together to combat modern slavery

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.

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CPA UK Election Assessment Mission - UK General Election 2017

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.

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Modern Slavery Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop – Day Three Summary

28 April 2017

Welcome to the summary of the final day of the Modern Slavery Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop. The final day sought to look beyond legislation to implementation with interactive sessions aimed at unpacking what law on modern slavery looks like in action.

Difficulties with implementation

The opening session began with a discussion on the difficulties of implementation of modern slavery legislation. Chaired by Kathryn Bryant of the Walk Free Foundation, the session offered an opportunity for delegates to raise some of the challenges they face in their jurisdictions as well as potential alternative responses to the scourge of modern slavery.

The discussion between delegates raised whether there was an appetite in the Asia-Pacific Region to consolidate existing legislation on modern slavery offences, such as bonded labour and human trafficking, into one overarching legislation. Also discussed was the issue of ‘victim-focussed’ legislation that stands up for the sufferers of modern slavery rather than ‘perpetrator-focussed’.

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Modern Slavery Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop – Day One Summary

26 April 2017

Today saw the launch of CPA UK’s Modern Slavery Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop with delegates in attendance representing India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. 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

The Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop began with an introductory session on the term ‘modern slavery’ and how it is recognised in a global context. The session sought to reach consensus on what is meant by the term while recognising the challenges it poses in individual jurisdictions. It was noted that modern slavery is a harsh label, but that this terminology was necessary to reflect the brutality of the crime. Providing some context, delegates also heard about the process Australia was currently undertaking to review modern slavery and how it is legislated against.

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08 Oct 2017

The 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament, British Virgin Islands

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13 Nov 2017

2017 Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure

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04 Dec 2017

2017 Westminster Workshop for Public Accounts Committees

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