Bangladesh MP and former Amnesty International “prisoner of conscience” Saber Chowdhury was today elected as the new President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. He defeated three other candidates – Speaker of Australia’s House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop, Indonesian MP Nurhayati Ali Assegaf and former Speaker of the Maldives Parliament Abdulla Shahid - in an election on the concluding day of the 131st IPU Assembly. He becomes the 28th president of the Organization in its 125-year history. President Chowdhury is the third IPU president from South Asia after Najma Heptulla (1999-2002) and Gurdial Singh Dhillon (1973-1976). [read more]
Member parliaments of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) have been urged to make every effort to stem the spread of terrorism and extremism and to continue protecting human rights, including those of women. Expressing deep concern at the spread of terrorism in the world at the close of the 131st IPU Assembly in Geneva today, the IPU Executive Committee, which oversees the Organization’s work, condemned all forms of violence and terror and the political instability and destruction they bring. In a statement to IPU Members, the Executive Committee called upon MPs as opinion shapers to play an active role in dispelling myths surrounding extremist ideologies that could trigger terrorist acts. [read more]
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has today called on governments and international donors to urgently mobilize increased financial, medical, and logistical assistance to Ebola-affected areas in a resolution adopted today at the Organization’s 131st Assembly in Geneva. Deploring the loss of life to Ebola and concerned by the high risk of the virus spreading globally, the resolution acknowledged that although many countries had already provided support, the international community had been slow and its response to the epidemic had been insufficient. The resolution appealed to States and to those already providing assistance to redouble their efforts to heighten public awareness on the disease and vigorously counter stigmatization. [read more]
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