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The IPU brings a parliamentary perspective to Human Rights Council

The IPU was actively involved in the 35th session of the Human Rights Council, which was held in Geneva from 6 to 23 June 2017. We organized three side events and made two contributions, one oral and one written. On 23 June 2017, the Council adopted a resolution supporting stronger cooperation with parliaments. On 12 June, the IPU, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy organized a side event on the relationship between parliaments and the judiciary. The event revolved around the report presented to the Council by the UN... read more

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136th IPU Assembly and related meetings (Dhaka 1-5 April)
The IPU brings a parliamentary perspective to Human Rights Council
IPU applauds UN Human Rights Council move to boost cooperation with parliaments
Implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in Uganda
Making laws work to end violence against women and girls
IPU condemns attack on US Congressman and staff
The IPU participates at the UN Ocean Conference

The IPU applauds UN Human Rights Council move to boost cooperation with parliaments

On 23 June, the UN Human Rights Council adopted without a vote a resolution in support of stronger cooperation with parliaments. The resolution encourages States to involve parliaments in all stages of the Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), under which the Council examines the human rights situation of each UN Member State. The resolution requests the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a study, in close cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), on how to promote and enhance synergies between... read more

Implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in Uganda

Dealing with gender inequalities in the economy and family; improving the health of women and girls; and encouraging bills by private members to tackle sexual offences and amend discriminatory legislation: these were some of the priorities identified during a seminar on Uganda’s implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The focus of the seminar—organized by the Parliament of Uganda and the IPU and held from 14 to 15 June—was parliament’s role in the implementation of CEDAW. Uganda has not submitted a report to the CEDA... read more

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Ouagadougou, 27-29 June 2017
Regional seminar for Western and Central African parliaments on promoting child nutrition

Geneva, 6-7 July 2017
Second Roundtable on Water: from words to actions

WROXTON, 29-30 July 2017
13th Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians

ST. PETERSBURG, 14-18 October 2017
137th Assembly and related meetings
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