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IPU urges Syria to put in place independent parliament

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Secretary General Martin Chungong has urged Syria’s leaders to put in place an independent and politically representative parliament as a fundamental step in ending conflict and eventually stemming terrorism in the country. During discussions with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Speaker of the Syrian Parliament Mohammad Jihad al-Laham in Damascus this week, the IPU Secretary General highlighted the 2016 elections as a key opportunity to ensure a politically diverse parliament is returned. Parliament should be independent of government so as to be able to oversee it effectively.  read more

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Chimene Mandi Manditawepi, MP, Zimbabwe
"I contributed to the liberation of my country and I want to continue serving it"
David W. Panuelo, MP, Federated States of Micronesia
"I was motivated to be a politician to represent people without a voice in the decision-making process and to help in the fair distribution of resources among the people of our nation"
Petra Steger, MP, Austria
"I don’t just want to be the addressee of political decisions, I want to co-determine the society in which I am living. I want to give the people, and especially the youth, a stronger voice by strengthening direct democracy."
Michael Arce, MP, Costa Rica
"I want to promote the well-being of citizens within an inclusive and sustainable society."
Fayha Traifi, MP, Syrian Arab Republic
"I want to present an accurate picture of Syria, its parliamentary activities, women’s achievements there and of Syrian political life in general."

Committee on Human Rights of MPs pushes forward on cases

IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians is meeting in Geneva on 24-27 January to assess how to move forward on cases involving the human rights abuses of 301 MPs. The cases cover 40 countries in the world. Abuses include death, torture, threats, arbitrary arrest and detention, lack of fair trial, violation of freedom of expression or the unlawful suspension or loss of their parliamentary mandate. Most of the cases on the MPs have been with the Committee for less than five years, but others include allegations of violations that date back more than 10 years. There are also new cases from Africa and South America. read more

Denmark and France first to endorse Common Principles for support to parliament

The Danish parliament and the French National Assembly have been the first to endorse the Common Principles for Support to Parliament. The Principles, put together by a group of parliaments and parliamentary development entities including organizations such as IPU, have also been endorsed by International IDEA and the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA). Offering clear guidelines for those receiving or providing support to parliaments, the Common Principles are the result of more than four decades of experience on parliamentary development. 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.

Geneva, 16 and 17 February 2015
Annual 2015 session of the Parliamentary Conference
on the WTO

Manila, 26 and 27 February 2015
Regional seminar on “Translating international human rights commitments into national realities: The contribution of parliament to the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council”

Hanoi, 28 March - 1 April 2015
132nd Assembly and related meetings
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