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IPU calls on parliaments to urgently step up efforts to protect girls from violence

Efforts to protect girls from all types of violence need to be dramatically scaled up if one of the most vulnerable groups in society is to have a future free from abuse and bright with potential, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The Organization is calling for parliaments and parliamentarians everywhere to urgently take the necessary legislative action to help end violence against girls as it marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. Girls in every country face some form of violence. In addition to sexual, emotional or physical abuse that women also face, many millions of girls are subjected to child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices. [read more]

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Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, MP, Algeria
"There is no parliament without democracy and vice-versa. With 31.61% women deputies and 27 parties, Algeria is enhancing democracy and promoting women."
Ismeta Dervoz, MP, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"I want to be useful and serve others, especially in the field of human rights and gender equality."
Mohamed El Hassan Al Amin, MP, Sudan
"My people chose me to represent them. Peace and democracy and development of my country. I am pushed by my people."
Laurette Andrée Yacé de Mel, MP, Côte d’Ivoire
"To work tirelessly for greater justice and solidarity for the most vulnerable."
Octávio Fernandes Boa Morte, MP, Sao Tomé-et-Principe
"I wanted to contribute to improving the life of citizens and to ensure equality for all."

IPU calls for death sentence on Iraqi former MP to be lifted

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has called for a death sentence passed against former Iraqi MP Ahmed Al-Alwani at the weekend to be lifted in the absence of clear and detailed information on trial proceedings, his whereabouts and his health. IPU is also urging authorities to allow prison visits for Al-Alwani. Since his arrest nearly a year ago, there has been little to no news of Al-Alwani, an outspoken critic of the perceived marginalization and persecution of Sunni Muslims in Iraq. A raid carried out by security forces on his home in Al-Anbar province on 28 December 2013 left his brother and five of his security guards dead. Al-Alwani’s sentence was for the alleged killing of security force members, according to local media. IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has repeatedly requested Iraqi authorities to provide information on the case and on Al-Alwani’s situation, but to date has received no response. [read more]

IPU urges greater effort in resolving cases of political assassinations

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]

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.

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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.

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Violence against Women: Best Laws and Policies

NEW YORK, 25 November 2014


Parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20/CMP10)

LIMA, 8 December 2014

Publicity spot prepared by the host Parliament


Parliamentary Roundtable during the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

VIENNA, 9 December 2014