The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed the release of seven Cambodian opposition MPs arrested last week on insurrection charges over their alleged role in a violent protest in Phnom Penh on 15 July. Nevertheless, IPU reiterates its call to the Cambodian authorities to fully respect due process and drop all charges against the MPs immediately unless strong evidence is produced. According to IPU sources, the parliamentarians have been freed on bail and are still facing an eventual court hearing. The release occurred immediately after the announcement of a long-awaited agreement between the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy to end the country´s nearly year-long political deadlock. [read more]
The Inter-Parliamentary Union is urging both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to stop the air and rocket attacks immediately and prevent further loss of civilian life. The Organization is also calling on Israeli and Palestinian Members of Parliament (MPs) to take whatever action is necessary to end the violence that has led to the deaths and injuries of several hundred and the displacement of thousands of civilians in the region. As elected representatives of the people, MPs from both sides are duty bound to put the protection of civilians as a first priority. That entails oversight of governments to find appropriate legal solutions to problems instead of resorting to conflict as an immediate course of action. [read more]
Parliamentarians from around the world will look at finding ways to overcome legal obstacles in the fight against AIDS at a meeting on 21 July in Melbourne, Australia. The meeting, taking place in parallel with the XX International AIDS Conference and jointly funded by IPU, the Japanese agency Worldwide Support for Development (WSD), UNDP and UNAIDS, will map out what successes there have been in recent years in the AIDS response. It will also identify legislative blocks on prevention efforts and on accessing treatment. The parliamentary meeting, a regular feature since the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City in 2008, will enable parliamentarians, including members of IPU’s Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health to examine different national and regional ways to collaborate on finding answers to the challenges being faced. [read more]
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