Efforts to protect girls from all types of violence need to be dramatically scaled up if one of the most vulnerable groups in society is to have a future free from abuse and bright with potential, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The Organization is calling for parliaments and parliamentarians everywhere to urgently take the necessary legislative action to help end violence against girls as it marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. Girls in every country face some form of violence. In addition to sexual, emotional or physical abuse that women also face, many millions of girls are subjected to child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices. [read more]
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has called for a death sentence passed against former Iraqi MP Ahmed Al-Alwani at the weekend to be lifted in the absence of clear and detailed information on trial proceedings, his whereabouts and his health. IPU is also urging authorities to allow prison visits for Al-Alwani. Since his arrest nearly a year ago, there has been little to no news of Al-Alwani, an outspoken critic of the perceived marginalization and persecution of Sunni Muslims in Iraq. A raid carried out by security forces on his home in Al-Anbar province on 28 December 2013 left his brother and five of his security guards dead. Al-Alwani’s sentence was for the alleged killing of security force members, according to local media. IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has repeatedly requested Iraqi authorities to provide information on the case and on Al-Alwani’s situation, but to date has received no response. [read more]
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is urging national authorities across the world to make a concerted effort to bring to justice those responsible for the assassination of scores of MPs in recent decades. Marking the 16th anniversary today of the killing of Russian MP and human rights activist Galina Starovoitova, IPU is highlighting the large number of unresolved assassination cases, at times several decades after the crime was committed. Those who instigated the killing of Starovoitova in St. Petersburg on 20 November 1998 are still to be identified and brought to trial. This follows an unbroken pattern of impunity around political assassinations in all regions of the world. [read more]
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