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19 Oct 2017 description

The Inter-Parliamentary Union has expressed concern over human rights violation against opposition lawmakers in the Maldives.

In a press statement
Wednesday, the global organisation of national parliaments called for a fact-finding mission by its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and noted appreciation for an offer made by the Maldivian authorities to grant a visit in the near future.

17 Mar 2017 description

A unique visual tool to capture women’s participation in executive government and in parliament on a given date – 1st January 2017. The map of Women in Politics not only provides a country ranking for both ministerial and parliamentary representation, but also statistics on women in political leadership positions – Heads of State or government, women Speakers of Parliament, as well as ministerial portfolios held by women throughout the world. Borders are depicted and used on the map in order to present data.

26 Oct 2016 description

The Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) 135th Assembly urged all relevant parties to bring an end to this war. They also called today for the immediate, unimpeded and permanent humanitarian and medical access to the civilian population in Syria in order to ensure that supplies reach over 550,000 people in besieged areas deprived from almost all humanitarian aid.

02 Dec 2015 description

MPs from 40 national parliaments have agreed to push for more concerted efforts to address statelessness at the end of a global conference in South Africa. A problem which has a devastating impact on the lives of more than 10 million people globally, statelessness is an often under-reported and growing issue with one child born every 10 minutes without a nationality. MPs at the conference organized by IPU, the South African Parliament and the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Cape Town, agreed to work to resolve statelessness in their own countries through a wide range of measures.

10 Nov 2015 description

A conference in South Africa will explore how parliaments can combat statelessness, which deprives many people of basic rights but which can be solved with relatively simple changes to laws and practices. Statelessness, caused by a variety of factors including discrimination and the redrawing of national boundaries, affects some 10 million people around the world.

29 Oct 2015 description

Micronesia’s parliament has pledged US$100,000 to IPU towards a response to the global migration crisis that has seen the arrival of more than 680,000 people in Europe by sea alone this year and the loss of nearly 3,200 lives in the Mediterranean. The announcement was made during IPU’s 133rd Assembly, which focused on parliamentary action for a fairer, smarter and more human migration and which adopted a resolution on greater protection for refugees worldwide. The Speaker of Micronesia’s Congress, Wesley W.

20 Oct 2015 description

Geneva, 20 October 2015

Countries hosting refugees must comply with the principles of international refugee and humanitarian laws to ensure their protection in the wake of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, a global conference of national parliaments has declared in Geneva.

Nearly 800 parliamentarians from 135 countries have reiterated the need for States to save refugees lives and provide them with the necessary care in an emergency resolution adopted at the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today.

10 Jul 2015 description

Speaker of the Côte d’Ivoire Parliament and former Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro, committed to continuing national reconciliation efforts as the West African country prepares for presidential elections in October this year.

18 Jul 2013 description

As humanitarian agencies struggle to support growing numbers of people fleeing the war in Syria, IPU is calling on Members to urgently use their parliamentary powers to back fundraising efforts for Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns it is rapidly running out of money to provide food for Syrian refugees, saying it needs US$ 26 million every week to support its operations inside and outside Syria.

03 Apr 2012 description

Geneva/Kampala — Parliaments today are facing greater public scrutiny and pressure than ever before with fundamental questions on their ability to hold governments to account, but they have never been more essential to the political life of a country, says a joint report launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

19 Oct 2009 description

ICRC/IPU Joint News Release No. 09/209

Geneva - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) are calling on parliamentarians and legislators around the world to do more to ensure that international humanitarian law (IHL) is both implemented and respected.

The joint call comes on the first day of the 121st IPU Assembly, which begins in Geneva on Monday. During the Assembly, the ICRC will participate in a panel discussion to mark the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions this year.

10 Apr 2009 description

Canadian Senator Sharon Carstairs, President of the Committee of the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), said today that the Committee examined the cases of 289 legislators, among them public cases concerning 238 parliamentarians in 19 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burundi, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Palestine/Israel, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Zimbabwe.

In her report to the IPU Governing Council, Senator Carstairs emphasized the case of …

04 Mar 2009 description

IPU President Theo-Ben Gurirab met this morning with Dr. Ahmed Fathy Sorour, Speaker of the Egyptian Parliament. The two speakers discussed the crisis in the region and the destruction in Gaza. Dr. Gurirab informed his host of the findings of his visit to Gaza the previous day. It is very important, said Dr. Gurirab, that we speak with all parties, and particularly those who have been elected by the people to represent them in Parliament.

25 Jun 2008 description

25 June 2008 - At the invitation of the Parliament of Sierra Leone and the IPU, parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan exchanged views on how to strengthen the role of their parliaments in promoting inclusive political processes, institutional reform and reconciliation. They did so at the regional seminar held in Freetown from 23 to 25 June, the first activity of a two-year IPU project to promote focused parliamentary debate and action in these areas at the national level in English-speaking African countries.