A group of seven MPs accompanied by IPU Secretary General Anders B. Johnsson will witness first-hand the plight of Syrian refugees in Jordan and their impact on the country during a mission aimed at mobilizing parliamentary action on the Syrian refugee crisis. The mission from 25-28 June includes MPs from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America representing IPU’s Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as well as a Jordanian Senator...[read more]
IPU is deeply disturbed by the decision of the political authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to invalidate imprisoned opposition MP Diomi Ndongala as a parliamentarian, fearing it will endanger his life. An IPU mission to the DRC last week led by the president of its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians Kassoum Tapo says the decision confirms the political nature of the long-standing and violent harassment Ndongala has been subjected to...[read more]
MPs in Mali are strengthening their efforts to tackle violence against women and children in conflict and post-conflict situations with support from IPU. Women and children have been the principal victims of atrocities after armed groups took control of the north of the country at the beginning of 2012. Nearly half a million people have been displaced as a result of the fighting which has led to women and girls as young as 13 turning to sex for survival, according to recent reports by NGOs...[read more]
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LIBREVILLE, 13-15 June
BELGRADE, 16-18 September