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.

One way of promoting transparent and democratic elections is to arrange election observation missions. The EU and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) arrange such 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 promotion of rule of law is tied to the strengthening of reliable and accountable states, with respect for human rights and equality before the law.

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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Looking back at a year of election observation

Liberia, Kyrgyzstan and Honduras. Kenya, Kosovo and Nepal. Those are just a handful of the countries that have held elections during 2017, to which FBA has deployed election observers. “It has been an exciting year. And 2018 looks just as interesting, with forthcoming elections in Russia, Cambodia and Zimbabwe, only to name a few”, says Maja Tjernström who works with election observation at FBA.

2017-12-22 14:37

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Putting Civilians First: NGO Perceptions and Expectations of UN Peacekeeping

NGOs and UN peacekeeping operations increasingly operate in a shared domain. NGOs commonly rely – at least partly – on UN peacekeepers for access and security, but they also express concerns about this. Yet remarkably little is known about what are their main concerns and how widespread they are. Even more importantly, what can be done to address them? This FBA Brief, written by members of one of the FBA’s research working groups, examines the answers to those questions.

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Han Dorussen, Marian de Vooght
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2018

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THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    Back ‘home’ in Kosovo and remembering old lessons

    The distinct smell of coal dust creeps into your nose as soon as you step off the plane in Pristina, a strange and familiar welcome back greeting for those of us intimate with this small corner of Europe. I felt it again in November 2017 when I came to Kosovo for a few days of visiting old friends and colleagues. For anyone with strong memories of living in a foreign country, you will remember the joys ... Read entire post »

    2017-12-13 11:21
  • Posted by Sabrina Karim

    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.

    On October 10, 2017, Liberians will go to the polls for the ... Read entire post »

    2017-10-06 15:28
  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    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 »

    2017-09-21 16:18
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