The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is calling on the Malaysian Senate to take the opportunity to improve political freedoms in the country when a bill already adopted by the lower house of parliament to amend a controversial Sedition Act comes before it in the next few days. The Sedition Act is aimed in part at regulating speech which could incite unrest or religious tension. IPU has welcomed the removal from the new bill of a provision that makes it illegal for anyone to criticise the government or the judiciary. However, other amendments include harsher jail sentences for those found guilty on... read more
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong will hold talks with parliamentary and government leaders in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea during a mission to the two countries between 27 April and 6 May. The mission is part of IPU efforts to promote parliamentary cooperation and dialogue between the two Koreas aimed at fostering a political climate conducive to eventual reunification. Secretary General Chungong will begin with a four-day visit in Pyongyang before travelling to Seoul on 1st May.
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and local MPs in Geneva, where the Organization is headquartered, have met to identify ways to strengthen interaction between IPU and the city and its population. At a meeting at IPU’s House of Parliaments, the IPU Secretary General and representatives to the Geneva Grand Council, Magali Orsini and Charles Selleger, discussed various possible initiatives to develop knowledge of IPU and its work among the community and local politicians. They also discussed the issue of political disenchantment among youth and ways to strengthen civic education in schools, including developing a specific module on parliaments. Such kinds of initiatives will be further explored with the authorities in Geneva. ... read more
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