The establishment of an independent, efficient and responsible media and well-functioning legal institutions constitute necessary foundations for a vibrant democracy and sustainable economic development. While an independent, efficient and responsible media serves as a guardian and an educator to people on various issues that affect their lives, an independent, efficient and just legal system is a prerequisite for public confidence and wider adherence to the rule of law. The Kidu Foundation seeks to catalyze the development of an independent, efficient and responsible media and an independent, efficient and just legal system that inspires public opinion and serves, both individually and collectively, as twin backbones of Bhutanese democracy.
Bhutan Media Foundation
The rights to freedom of information, expression and of the media enshrined in the Constitution are fundamental to democracy. The Bhutanese media can be even more effective in encouraging debate and participation, both of which are vital to building a vibrant democracy. However, today, Bhutanese media agencies are young, and their exemplary commitment to perform their duties are not matched by adequate resources. His Majesty considers it his sacred duty to ensure the success of Bhutan’s young democracy. Through the exercise of the Royal Prerogative of Kidu, on 21
February 2010, His Majesty established the Bhutan Media Foundation as an autonomous and independent agency to foster the growth of a strong responsible media capable of playing an important role in the social, economic and political growth of the nation and to strengthen media agencies so that they may carry out their duties, without fear or favor, in the interest of democracy in Bhutan.
BMF Website : http://www.bmf.bt
Royal Law Project
While addressing the 19th National Judicial Conference on 11 June 2010, His Majesty commanded that there is a need to strengthen the people’s awareness on laws, the judicial system and its functions. His Majesty commanded that, “… there is much to be done such as the establishing of a Law Institute and a Research Centre…”
Thus, the Royal Law Project (RLP) was instituted, comprising of Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI), Royal Institute of Law (RIL) and the Law Library, with Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck as the President.
The BNLI provides support and trainings to the in-service legal personnel in the country and the RIL is responsible for conducting courses for the pre-service legal personnel, which will be eventually developed into a first law school in the country. The Law Library is a shared resource of these two Institutions functioning as the Legal Research Centre.
The main objectives of the RLP are to ensure justice and unity, happiness and wellbeing of our people under the rule of law, to strengthen legal capabilities that support and contribute towards building a vibrant judicial system and democracy, and to preserve and promote indigenous Bhutanese jurisprudence which has its basis on the Tsa-yig (Charter) of the Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal and the Buddhist teachings.