Summary of Meeting with Macedonian Delegation
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The International Program Macedonia briefing with representative Judicial Watch legal team was requested behalf participants the Macedonian Study Tour, which was supported the Judicial Strengthening Project (JSP) the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Members the 2015 study tour were selected from prominent legal and civil society organizations across Macedonia, with the expectation that they would take active participation justice sector reforms and rule law enforcement upon return their country. outlined the meeting request, the study tour was designed better equip its participants areas effective advocacy, include: awareness-raising campaigns; advocating for legislative changes; monitoring and reporting (the) public about the performance justice/judicial sector institutions; working jointly with media improve the media understanding court operations, rule law and human rights protection; and demanding transparency, independence, accountability and effectiveness justice/judicial sector institutions. The U.S. Department State country profile reports that relations between Macedonia and the United States are cooperative and include broad range political, economic, cultural, military, and social issues. Macedonia gained its independence from Yugoslavia 1991 and established full diplomatic relations with the United States 1995. The International Program According the State Department, the U.S. committed helping Macedonia strengthen rule law; improve education; promote media freedom; and build greater democratic foundations full, inclusive multi-ethnic society. State Department sponsored Leadership Visitor Programs (LVP) and study tours help fulfill these goals introducing legal and civil society professionals from newly emerging democracies civil society groups the United States that utilize variety methods and tools available free society that serve keep government open and accountable the people. Judicial Watch one America most successful non-governmental organizations bringing accountability and transparency government through open records laws, and has met frequently with international groups since its founding 1994. The Macedonia delegation was fortunate meet with Judicial Watch director litigation, Paul Orfanedes. The meeting took place July 2015, headquarters Washington, DC. Joining Mr. Orfanedes the roundtable was the executive director the Council for Court Excellence, Ms. June Kress. Mr. Orfanedes provided the Macedonians with overview Judicial Watch mission and current activities. summary, told the delegates that does three things: First, promotes transparency and accountability through open records laws. told the delegates that has forty fifty lawsuits pending any one time. Although open records litigation primary, told the visitors about pending civil rights lawsuit filed behalf eight Maryland citizens against Maryland public officials for illegal gerrymandering voting districts violation the Constitution. This case also served highlight Election Integrity Project. Second, said that Judicial Watch educates the public about government misconduct. told the delegates that this accomplished variety ways: through monthly newsletters, its Internet site and document postings, books and documentaries, investigative journalism, educational panels, and radio interviews, and its Corruption Chronicles blog. The International Program And third, Judicial Watch provides pro bono representation its clients. non-profit organization, funded primarily through the donations its hundreds thousands supporters across the nation. Most notably, Judicial Watch not beholden the government. set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality the nation 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.