The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is urging national authorities across the world to make a concerted effort to bring to justice those responsible for the assassination of scores of MPs in recent decades. Marking the 16th anniversary today of the killing of Russian MP and human rights activist Galina Starovoitova, IPU is highlighting the large number of unresolved assassination cases, at times several decades after the crime was committed. Those who instigated the killing of Starovoitova in St. Petersburg on 20 November 1998 are still to be identified and brought to trial. This follows an unbroken pattern of impunity around political assassinations in all regions of the world. [read more]
More than 160 MPs from across the world will spotlight the need to put people and their human rights at the heart of a new sustainable development agenda during a parliamentary meeting at UN headquarters in New York. The Annual Parliamentary Hearing on 19-20 November will help inform the collective thinking of MPs on the new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015. Although development thinking in recent years has evolved from a focus on just economic growth to a more people-centred approach, the reality is lagging behind. [read more]
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has today condemned the attack on Afghan woman MP Shukria Barakzai on 16th November and once again urged authorities in the country to do more to ensure the voices of women political leaders are not extinguished or intimidated. Although Barakzai, a high-profile women’s rights activist and parliamentarian, survived the suicide bomb attack in Kabul, three people were killed and many more reportedly injured. Barakzai, also a member of IPU’s Standing Committee on Peace and International Security, is the latest Afghan woman MP to be targeted in recent years. Earlier this year, fellow MP Mariam Koofi was wounded in an attack when leaving her office whilst her MP sister Fawzia, also a prominent women’s rights activist, was similarly attacked in 2010. In 2013, Senator Rooh Gul Hirzad lost her daughter in an attack on her car, and MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was kidnapped and held for several weeks before her release was eventually secured. [read more]
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ROME, 18 November 2014
NEW YORK, 19-20 November 2014
LIMA, 8 December 2014