29 June 10 2010 Bosnia Herzegovina Meeting Summary
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The International Program Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton met with delegation from Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) June 10, 2010, the request Common Cause, nongovernmental organization (NGO) Washington, DC. Common Cause and Judicial Watch, along with six other ideologically diverse NGO watchdog groups the nations capital, joined coalition push for reform the congressional ethics process. The need fix the broken ethics process Congress was issue which they all were agreement. Acting unison, they formed an effective vehicle for applying public pressure the policymakers charged with crafting and enforcing ethics rules Congress. The purpose the meeting with Judicial Watch was highlight the effectiveness bipartisan support when there are issues widespread concernsuch the need root out corruption demanding accountability and transparency government. President Tom Fitton provided the visiting delegates with overview Judicial Watchs mission and activities. then discussed two Judicial Watchs most well known Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits underscore the nonpartisan aspect its mission and accomplishments: the Commerce Department Trade Missions and the Cheney Energy Task Force cases. With equal tenacity, Judicial Watch fought Democratic and Republican administration when learned that laws were potentially being violated. The International Program set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality our nations public life and seeks ensure that political and judicial officials not abuse the powers entrusted them the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program. According the U.S. Department States Background Notes, the Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina was created March 1994 with the signatories Muslims and Croats. However, the conflict with the Bosnian Serbs continued into 1995 during which time many atrocities were committed, including acts genocide committed members the Army Republika Srpska and around Srebrenica July 1995, where approximately 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed. The U.S. government played major role ending the conflict and continues play major role the rebuilding civic society through economic policy reform and restructuring; private sector development; fostering democratic reforms local government, civic education, and civil society; rule law, including support law enforcement, judicial, and prosecutorial institutions; and security sector assistance. All members the visiting BiH delegation were serving key positions managers, educators, and leaders the Centres for Civic Initiatives (CCI) programs Bosnia Herzegovina. The majority CCI projects are funded the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU) towards the further stabilization and development democratic society improving government accountability and living conditions citizens.