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Deep concern at arrests of Cambodian MPs and stifling of political opposition

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is deeply concerned by the arrest of seven Cambodian opposition MPs on insurrection charges this week. The Organization is calling for the immediate release of the MPs and for all charges to be dropped unless strong evidence is produced. IPU is also calling for political opposition to be allowed to have a free and unhampered voice in the country as part of any democratic society. The seven MPs were arrested after a demonstration opposing the continued closure of the only protest site in the capital, Democracy Plaza, turned violent. The MPs and another politician arrested have also been accused of inciting the violence that led to many opposition supporters and security guards being injured. [read more]

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Eda Cecilia Medina, MP, Nicaragua
"I work to give back the people their rights in accordance with our Human Development National Plan."
Epiphane Quenum Possy Berry, MP, Benin
"Since I was a student, I have had a direction in my life – defend victims of social injustice or call for their right to freedom."
Mariona Gonzalez Reolit, MP, Andorra
"My aim is to defend the principles and values of social democracy in my country."
Murat Yildirim, MP, Turkey
"My main motivation in becoming a parliamentarian was to be the voice of those who seek peace, justice and democracy."
Forhad Hossain, MP, Bangladesh
"I simply believe I am working to make a positive change for my fellow beings."

Israeli, Palestinian MPs have duty to stop attacks and protect civilians in region

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is urging both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to stop the air and rocket attacks immediately and prevent further loss of civilian life. The Organization is also calling on Israeli and Palestinian Members of Parliament (MPs) to take whatever action is necessary to end the violence that has led to the deaths and injuries of several hundred and the displacement of thousands of civilians in the region. As elected representatives of the people, MPs from both sides are duty bound to put the protection of civilians as a first priority. That entails oversight of governments to find appropriate legal solutions to problems instead of resorting to conflict as an immediate course of action. [read more]

Overcoming legal obstacles to AIDS response

Parliamentarians from around the world will look at finding ways to overcome legal obstacles in the fight against AIDS at a meeting on 21 July in Melbourne, Australia. The meeting, taking place in parallel with the XX International AIDS Conference and jointly funded by IPU, the Japanese agency Worldwide Support for Development (WSD), UNDP and UNAIDS, will map out what successes there have been in recent years in the AIDS response. It will also identify legislative blocks on prevention efforts and on accessing treatment. The parliamentary meeting, a regular feature since the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City in 2008, will enable parliamentarians, including members of IPU’s Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health to examine different national and regional ways to collaborate on finding answers to the challenges being faced. [read more]

The global organization of parliaments, IPU works to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples.

Representative Democracy

A strong and efficient parliament is critical to democracy. IPU works to make parliaments more effective in fulfilling their government oversight and legislative roles, in guaranteeing people’s rights and liberties and in securing peace and development.

Women in Politics     

Democracy means all voices are heard. IPU is committed to ensuring that women - half of the world’s population - are able to participate equally in politics. Its unique research and data on women’s political participation is a widely used barometer on progress.

International Peace and Security

IPU’s primary goals are peace and democracy. It gives special priority to preventing and eliminating conflict through political dialogue. It responds to crises which affect world or regional security and monitors certain conflict situations.

Promoting Human Rights

Parliament has a special responsibility to ensure human rights are respected. IPU provides protection and redress to MPs at risk of abuse and helps parliaments to make human rights a reality for everyone.

Sustainable Development

Parliaments play a critical role in social and economic development. IPU supports parliaments on key international development goals, on making development aid more effective and on strengthening parliamentary action on climate change.

Cooperation with the UN

IPU works closely with the United Nations and other multi-lateral bodies to ensure there is a parliamentary dimension to international cooperation, global governance as well as in the resolution of major international issues.

Key Events

IPU brings together parliamentarians from around the world to actively find solutions to global and regional problems.


You can find a list of Future Events here.


125th IPU Anniversary

GENEVA, 30 June

 

Regional follow-up seminar on "The role of parliamentarians in the implementation of Universal Periodic Review recommendations"

MONTEVIDEO, 15-16 July

 

Parliamentary Meeting at the 20th International AIDS Conference

MELBOURNE, 21 July 2014