Sri Lanka hosted the National Forum on Parliamentary Best Practices 2012, on 16th February, in Colombo. The Chief Guests were Honourable D E W Gunasekera (Senior Minister of Human Resources, and Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises) and Honourable Rauf Hakeem (Minister of Justice, and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee), and were joined by several other parliamentarians, human rights activists, journalists and lawyers. Presentations on the Parliament Watch Programme, and its findings and recommendations regionally, and specific to Sri Lanka, were made. Panel discussions centred on the role of citizens, Members of Parliament, and civil society and media, and their role in promoting a more transparent, accountable and accessible Parliament.
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