Rule of Law, Human Rights and Election Support

The promotion of rule of law, human rights and fair elections plays a central part in international missions for peace, security and development. In order to create lasting peace in a state, strengthening the respect of rule of law principles, human rights and democratic elections is crucial.

The promotion of rule of law is tied to the strengthening of democracy and the creation of reliable and accountable states, with respect for human rights and equality before the law.

The EU and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) arrange election observation missions upon request from states where an election is to be held. The observers monitor the process both before elections and during the election day, and they also monitor the final result of the poll. The aim of the missions is to promote democracy and transparency.

Rule of law principles are important for both judicial bodies and public administration as well as the citizens’ confidence in the state and its officials. Watch our short film below to find out more.

 

 

What does the FBA do?

  • Training
    The FBA offers a yearly course on rule of law in cooperation with the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in Berlin.
  • Cooperation
    The FBA cooperates with organizations such as the OSCE, UN, EU and the European Council on issues regarding rule of law. Currently the FBA is also working on a project together with Australia National University (ANU). The project seeks to establish the types of knowledge, skills and professional qualities that are required to match the needs of international rule of law assistance.

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Responsive and Responsible: Politically Smart Rule of Law Reform in Conflict and Fragile States

There is a long-standing recognition that rule of law is an essential element in achieving sustainable peace and development. In recent years it has gained even more prominence in policy discourse and as a core ingredient of broad-based international commitments, with the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 16 as a clear indicator for where we are headed. Yet, what has been lacking in rule of law reform, or at least it has been only marginally represented, is a political approach to address the underlying causes of problems and obstacles to rule of law.

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    Liberia after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    On November 8 2005, Liberians elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be the first female president of an African country. She made history that day and she oversaw fourteen years of peace in a country that had experienced two decades of devastating armed conflict. In 2011, she was re-elected and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Her fame and legacy has brought widespread international attention onto Liberia.

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    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

    The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated as of late, with the highest number of conflict-related civilian casualties in 2016 since 2009. The efforts for a formal and sustainable peace process are insufficient and face numerous obstacles. Violent battles between government and Taliban forces have resulted in new districts falling under Taliban power. Attacks by other groups, loyal to the Islamic State, are increasing in numbers.

    Despite this, there are still strong forces for peace in Afghanistan. ... Read entire post »

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  • Posted by Ludmila Ceban

    Technical problems, political fixes: assessing rule of law in local governance in Ukraine

    I take public sector reform challenges in the post-Soviet space quite personally, with many first-hand Kafkaesque experiences from growing up in the ‘east’. So when the opportunity came about to work for the FBA on improving service delivery from a rights-based perspective in Ukraine, I struggled to think of alternatives to the complicated procedures people often have to go through when dealing with public authorities. It made me wonder whether the system can ever truly change.

    One ... Read entire post »

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