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Summary of Meeting with Macedonian Delegation

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
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.