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]
The Inter-Parliamentary Union has called for greater efforts to protect MPs in Somalia after the assassination of Saado Ali Warsame, the fourth parliamentarian killed this year by militants in the African country. Warsame was also a popular singer of Somali folk music. She and her driver were ambushed on Wednesday by gunmen as they were heading to a hotel in Mogadishu. Somalia’s Al Shabaab, which immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, had earlier this year reportedly threatened to kill the country’s parliamentarians “one by one”. IPU condemns this reprehensible attack, the latest in a string of attacks against MPs committed to putting in place a fully functional democracy in Somalia after two decades of civil war and unrest. [read more]
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