Candidates hoping to succeed Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General of the United Nations have stressed their commitment to engaging with IPU and the world’s parliaments – and to helping deliver the new global development agenda - in their responses to three questions put to them by IPU. All nine contenders responded and set out their positions on parliamentary engagement in implementing the SDGs, strengthening the UN’s relationship with IPU and parliaments, and the role of MPs in the Secretary-General selection process. read more
IPU President Saber Chowdhury has visited Russia, thanking MPs there for inviting the organization to hold its autumn 2017 Assembly in St Petersburg and stressing the role of parliaments in creating and maintaining a peaceful world. In a speech to the Council of the Federation, the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, Mr Chowdhury praised Russia's longstanding membership of IPU and urged MPs to continue working for peace. He pointed to the crucial role of parliaments in delivering a better world by framing appropriate laws and undertaking proper oversight of measures such as those aimed at achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. read more
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has stressed the critical importance of the principle of parliamentary immunity after a vote in the Turkish Parliament amending the constitution effectively stripped a quarter of the country’s MPs of their immunity. IPU is concerned that such wholesale lifting of immunity will weaken the parliament. IPU believes immunity from prosecution while in office is crucial to protect MPs from politically-motivated allegations. It stresses that the lifting of immunity should always be agreed by a parliamentary vote on a case-by-case basis, and should require valid and credible allegations supported by serious evidence. IPU has also made clear that MPs’ fundamental rights must be upheld at all times, and that they should be able to speak freely without fear of reprisals. read more
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