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The Asia Foundation
Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are typically added in the following Spring. Fiscal Year 2013 projects will be added in Spring, 2014.

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Projects : Law and Justice

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2012

Access to Justice

Completing the final year of the ten-year Access to Justice program which worked with local partners to: provide legal services to poor and vulnerable groups and by improving quality and access to legal aid; strengthening parliament's role in national governance through increasing its digital connectivity, improving access to research, and promoting public awareness of parliamentary processes and performance through daily monitoring and reporting; and strengthening legal education through the production of accessible educational textbooks to help build knowledge in Timorese universities, government institutions, and nongovernmental organizations.

Local Partners:

Educação Comunidade Matebian (ECM); Fundacão Fatu Sinai Oecusse (FFSO); Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP); Victim Support Services (VSS); LBH Liberta; National Parliament, Parliamentary Research Center, Congressional Research Service; House Democracy Partnership; National University of Timor-Leste; Stanford Law School

Total Expenditures: $2,119,355

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2012

Access to Local-level Justice in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka

Strengthening and expanding local-level justice mechanisms in the conflict-affected North and East through support for community mediation.

Local Partners:

Ministry of Justice; Centre for Mediation and Mediation Training; Sarvodaya Legal Services Movement; Viluthu-Centre for Human Resource Development; Sri Lanka Police Service; Group Action For Social Order; Eastern Self Reliant Community Awakening Organization; Rural Economic & Community Development Organization; University of Colombo, Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre

2012

Alternative Dispute Resolution for Environmental Conflict

Encouraging the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in cases of environmental conflict. Conducting research on current practices, training potential practitioners, working with trainees to apply ADR approaches to actual cases, and developing a draft rule on the use of ADR in environmental disputes, for submission to policymakers.

Local Partner:

Peking University Law School

2012

Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice

Managing technical inputs to improve the performance of Indonesia’s courts, prosecutors, and human rights institutions to improve access to justice for Indonesians.

Total Expenditures: $78,941

Funding Sources:
Austalian Aid, via Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd.
2012

Building Community Resilience in Vulnerable Regions of Sabah

Strengthening community efforts in Sabah to respond to cross-border security issues by working with village leaders and local law enforcement to prevent, protect, and advocate around security threats.

Local Partner:

Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS Trust)

Total Expenditures: $85,338

Funding Sources: Expenditures:
United States Department of State$70,235
British High Commission, in Malaysia$15,103
2012

Building Forensic Capacity to Promote Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Thailand

Enhancing the capacity of law enforcement officials to prosecute human rights violators and other criminal offenders through the application of forensic investigative techniques. Reducing ambiguity and gaps in laws, regulations, and procedures governing forensic evidence and increasing public awareness of the role of forensic investigation in human rights and criminal justice cases.

Local Partners:

Department of Regional Labor Litigation 9; Institute for Jurists and Human Rights Development; Thai Press Development Foundation; Ministry of Justice, Central Institute of Forensic Science

2012

Case Buildup for Cases of Extrajudicial Killings, Enforced Disappearances, and Torture

Supporting public prosecutors in case preparation to increase their capacity in the investigation and prosecution of extra-judicial killings.

Total Expenditures: $32,271

Funding Sources:
United States Embassy, in Philippines
2012

China Administrative Law and Procedure Program

Contributing to improved government commitment and capacity to adhere to standardized administrative procedures, empowering citizens to participate in government decision-making. Strengthening judicial practice with regard to intellectual property rights protection. Assisting the Shenzhen Environmental Protection Bureau to develop and test guidelines and mechanisms for implementing a local environmental protection regulation, and increasing the awareness and capacity of business and citizen representatives to participate in the environmental decision-making process.

Local Partners:

Administrative Law Research Association of China Law Society; Center for Public Participation Studies and Support; Lanzhou University Law School; Nanjing University of Technology Law School; Northwest University of Politics and Law Administrative Law School; Shenzhen Academy of Environmental Science; Supreme People’s Court

2012

China’s Administrative Reconsideration System

Supporting revision of China’s Administrative Reconsideration Law. Convening domestic and international experts to share best practices for the design and implementation of administrative reconsideration mechanisms, and to develop suggested revisions to the Law.

Local Partner:

China University of Politics and Law

2012

Citizen Redress for State Actions in China

Assessing implementation of the amended State Compensation Law and Administrative Litigation Law. Increasing citizen awareness and access to legal services for state compensation and administrative review cases. Developing and testing independent review mechanisms for state compensation and administrative review cases.

Local Partners:

Administrative Law Research Association; Beijing Impact Law Firm; China University of Political Science and Law; Heilongjiang University Law School; Legal Aid Centers; Northwest University of Political Science and Law; Shanxi University Law School; South China University of Technology Law School; Southwest University of Political Science and Law; State Council Legislative Affairs Office; Supreme People’s Court; Zhengzhou University Law School

2012

Community Based Policing

Delivering intensive training and facilitation to both local police and communities to create effective and sustainable community policing forums in communities across Bangladesh’s northwestern Rajshahi and Rangpur Divisions

Local Partners:

Gana Unnayan Kendra; Light House; Manab Kallyan Parishad; RDRS

Total Expenditures: $860,795

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2012

Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening

Strengthening the legislative capacity of the Constituent Assembly/Legislative Parliament.  Improving the parliament library and the media center and building capacity of the Parliament Secretariat staff. Promoting civic awareness and public engagement on legislative process through radio and print media. Building civil society organization’s capacity to provide monitoring on the legislative process through interest group audits of proposed legislation. Conducting youth and women-focused nation-wide town hall consultation on legislative agendas.

Local Partners:

Interface Nepal; Nepal Constitution Foundation; New Spotlight Magazine; Rural Community Development Service Council; Prapti Media Samudayik Sarathi; The Writing Workshop Women Act

2012

Drafting of Community Mediation Bill

Participation in a study tour to Sri Lanka to learn about the implementation, regulation, and monitoring of Mediation Boards from Sri Lankan experience.
Providing support for the Ministry of Law and Justice in drafting and finalizing mediation regulation, code of conduct, mediation procedures, and basic training manual

Local Partners:

Community Mediator Society; Ministry of Law and Justice; Supreme Court of Nepal

2012

Educating and Equipping Tomorrow’s Justice Sector Reformers

Providing a new generation of Indonesian law students with more knowledge, skills, and incentives to pursue a career in public service. Contributing to justice sector reform efforts by increasing collaboration among law schools, civil society organizations, and justice sector institutions.

Local Partners:

Kemitraan – the Partnership for Governance Reform; Law Faculty Airlangga University; Law Faculty Gadjah Mada University; Law Faculty Hasanuddin University; Law Faculty University of Indonesia; Law Faculty Padjajaran University; Law Faculty Sriwijaya University; Law Faculty Udayana University; Law Faculty University of North Sumatra; University of Washington Asian Law Center; Pusaka Indonesia; SAHDAR; Women's Crisis Center Palembang; Legal Aid Institute of Palembang; The Indonesian Forum for Environment of South Sumatra (WALHI Palembang); Legal Aid Institute of Jakarta; Center for Women and Gender Studies (PKWJ); Legal Aid Institute of Bandung; Bandung Institute of Governance Studies (BIGS); Legal Aid Institute of  Yogyakarta; Center for Anti-Corruption Studies (PUKAT); Volunteer Alliance for Saving Nature (ARUPA); Legal Aid Institute of Surabaya; Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation (ECOTON); Legal Aid Institute of Bali; Bali Fokus; Legal Aid Institute – Indonesian Women's Association for Justice of Makassar (LBH-APIK Makassar); Legislative Monitoring Committee (KOPEL); Indonesian Marine Conservation Foundation (YKL); Center for Human Rights Studies, Islamic University of Indonesia (PUSHAM UII); the Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI)

Total Expenditures: $1,925,245

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2012

Finalizing the Civil Procedure Law

Promoting rule of law by enabling the People’s Supreme Court to hold two consultative workshops (one for legal experts and one for high-level government officials) to further develop and finalize the new civil procedure law before submitting it to the National Assembly for approval.

Local Partner:

The People’s Supreme Court (PSC)

Total Expenditures: $8,664

Funding Sources:
The McConnell Foundation
2012

Human Rights Forensic Assistance Program: Increasing and Improving Prosecution of Human Rights Cases through the Use of Forensic Science

Increasing and improving the prosecution of human rights violations through the use of forensic science. It does so by building the capacity of local law enforcement agencies by enhancing the use of forensic evidence increasing the identification of victims of human rights violations through the development of a database of missing persons.

Local Partners:

Equipo Peruano de Antropologia Forense; Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances; TUV Rheinland Philippines

Total Expenditures: $189,437

Funding Sources:
United States Department of State
2012

Improving the Monitoring, Investigation, and Prosecution of Human Rights Violations in the Philippines

Enhancing the Commission on Human Right’s Martus-based Executive Information System (MAREIS). Improving MAREIS helps to improve monitoring, investigation, and prosecution of human rights violations in the Philippines.

Local Partner:

Diaz, Parenno & Caringal (DPC) Law Office

Total Expenditures: $53,793

Funding Sources:
Australian Aid
2012

Increasing Access to Justice for Lao Women

Improving women’s access to justice in Oudomxay province by increasing the number of women knowledgeable about the law and building a body of local “paralegal” volunteers who have the confidence and knowledge to assist other community members to seek legal assistance.

Local Partner:

Lao Bar Association

Total Expenditures: $20,360

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

International Law Moot Court Competition

Participating in the International Law Moot Court Competition “Asia Cup 2012” held at the Ministry of Tokyo to promote understanding of international human rights and humanitarian law among law students of different Asian countries and to facilitate cultural exchange and network building of students.

Local Partner:

Kathmandu School of Law

2012

Legal Aid and Legal Education in Laos: Improving Access to Justice for All Lao Citizens, Phase II

Continuing to build upon ongoing efforts to improve access to justice for Lao citizens. Continuing to strengthen legal aid and education through multiple avenues: providing legal aid for poor and rural citizens; improving the services and capabilities of the Lao Bar Association; increasing understanding of laws, rights, and the legal system; strengthening the effectiveness of grassroots justice delivery; and enhancing cooperation and collaboration among government institutions, civil society organizations, and legal aid providers. Supporting the Law Committee of the National Assembly to provide legal dissemination in Attapu, Sekong, and Salavanh provinces and a workshop to interpret five laws: the law on penal code; law on drugs; law on criminal procedure; law on civil procedure; and law on labor.

Local Partners:

Lao Bar Association; Law Committee of the National Assembly; Ministry of Justice

Total Expenditures: $221,144

Funding Sources:
The McConnell Foundation
2012

Police Service Commission

Organizing roundtable meetings on security related issues in the Nepalese Society. Conducting consultative meetings on the "Institutionalization of Police Service Commission. Publishing a book highlighting the Policing practices in Nepal. Preparing a draft on the Police Service Commission bill.

Local Partners:

Centre for Security Justice Studies; 

2012

Prison Reform in Indonesia

Building on the significant reforms that have taken place in the criminal justice system by reducing prison overcrowding, further developing a computer database to track inmates, and expanding protection and rehabilitation programs for women and juvenile prisoners.

Local Partners:

Center for Detention Studies, Indonesia Center for Environmental Law; Indonesian Center for Law and Policy Studies (PSHK)

Total Expenditures: $855,564

Funding Sources:
Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Aid
2012

Promoting Justice Sector Reform

Providing support to the Center for Detention Studies to support the Strategic Planning process in the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. ($16,665)

Total Expenditures: $16,665

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
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