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Calls for action on human rights abuses of MPs worldwide

A four-day meeting of IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has ended in Geneva with a series of decisions on cases across the world. In Sri Lanka, the Committee is hopeful that the new government will take all the necessary steps to bring to trial those responsible for the murder of MPs Joseph Pararajasingham and Nadarajah Raviraj in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Allegations that the Sri Lankan army and paramilitaries may have had a role in the murders needed examining. The Committee also called on the Sri Lankan authorities to work closely with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights investigation team and act on recommendations made. read more

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Kouamenan Alphonse Zimbril, MP, Côte d’Ivoire
"What guides my political engagement is to be useful and to serve others."
Meg Munn, MP, United Kingdom
"I joined a political party to fight for social justice and equality. As an MP, I continue the fight."
Mehmet Saglam, MP, Turkey
"I am in politics to serve my people and mankind at large for a better life."
Carmen Quesada Santamaría, MP, Costa Rica
"I am in politics because Costa Rica and its women deserve a better future"
Vun Chheang, MP, Cambodia
"Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to become an educator in order to share my knowledge and a parliamentarian in order to protect my fellow citizens."

Holocaust Day

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong is urging the international community to work resolutely to prevent the recurrence of the atrocities associated with the Holocaust and similar crimes, as we mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January. Every year, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is a stark reminder of humanity’s capacity to commit unspeakable atrocities. It makes a compelling case to never give up on efforts to strengthen tolerance, respect for others and human rights, all of which underpin any democracy worthy of the name. The International Day also reminds us how fragile peace and stability are. read more

Growing support for common principles on parliamentary development

Ten national parliaments and seven partner organizations have already endorsed the Common Principles for Support to Parliament with indications of more following suit coming into IPU regularly. Among the latest to endorse the Common Principles are the British, Polish, Gambian and Madagascar Parliaments, with the French National Assembly, German Bundestag and parliaments of Denmark, Luxembourg, Timor-Leste and Trinidad and Tobago among the group. The Principles were put together by a group of parliaments and parliamentary development entities including organizations such as IPU. read more

The global organization of parliaments, IPU works to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples.

Representative Democracy

A strong and efficient parliament is critical to democracy. IPU works to make parliaments more effective in fulfilling their government oversight and legislative roles, in guaranteeing people’s rights and liberties and in securing peace and development.

Women in Politics     

Democracy means all voices are heard. IPU is committed to ensuring that women - half of the world’s population - are able to participate equally in politics. Its unique research and data on women’s political participation is a widely used barometer on progress.

International Peace and Security

IPU’s primary goals are peace and democracy. It gives special priority to preventing and eliminating conflict through political dialogue. It responds to crises which affect world or regional security and monitors certain conflict situations.

Promoting Human Rights

Parliament has a special responsibility to ensure human rights are respected. IPU provides protection and redress to MPs at risk of abuse and helps parliaments to make human rights a reality for everyone.

Sustainable Development

Parliaments play a critical role in social and economic development. IPU supports parliaments on key international development goals, on making development aid more effective and on strengthening parliamentary action on climate change.

Cooperation with the UN

IPU works closely with the United Nations and other multi-lateral bodies to ensure there is a parliamentary dimension to international cooperation, global governance as well as in the resolution of major international issues.

Key Events

IPU brings together parliamentarians from around the world to actively find solutions to global and regional problems.

You can find a list of Future Events here.

Geneva, 16 and 17 February 2015
Annual 2015 session of the Parliamentary Conference
on the WTO

Manila, 26 and 27 February 2015
Regional seminar on “Translating international human rights commitments into national realities: The contribution of parliament to the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council”

Hanoi, 28 March - 1 April 2015
132nd Assembly and related meetings
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