South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

SAHR carried out a comparative study on the best parliamentary practices in the region, and has put forward a publication titled “Transparency in Parliament” which comprises the Right to Transparent Governance Guidelines (RTG Guidelines).

SAHR now plans to take these Guidelines forward by carrying out a Parliamentary Watch program in collation with Transparency International.

The watch is conducted in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, and monthly reports will be issued on an ongoing basis.

There are 2 aspects to the Parliamentary Watch program:

1st Aspect

The first aspect involves rating Parliament for its transparency, accountability, integrity and independence against indicators derived from best practices in SAHR’s RTG Guidelines and indicators suggested by TI’s Research Department.

Parliament’s functioning will be analyzed in respect of these indicators, with special attention to the Rule Book of parliament and how these provisions are practiced in reality.

Such things as Calendar of parliament, calendar of business, record of business conducted, record of attendance, records of debates and discussions will be studied.

2nd Aspect

The second aspect involves the study of parliament’s role in legislating issues that reflect human rights concerns.

Specific areas of interest to SAHR include – minority rights, extra judicial killings, law enforcement, women’s children’s and workers’ rights, corruption etc.