The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is deeply concerned by the arrest and detention of DRC opposition MP, Mr. Jean-Bertrand Ewanga, in light of serious allegations that they violate his parliamentary immunity and freedom of expression. IPU is calling for the DRC authorities and the newly established Constitutional Court to ensure full respect for parliamentary immunity and Mr. Ewanga’s fundamental rights in the ongoing judicial process. It also calls for the immediate implementation of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision ordering the placement of Mr. Ewanga under house arrest instead of his detention in a Kinshasa prison. [read more]
The Inter-Parliamentary Union has called for a speedy and effective investigation into the death threats made in recent days against eight Maldivian opposition MPs and is urging the authorities to guarantee full protection of all parliamentarians’ physical integrity. IPU´s statement comes after two death threats were simultaneously sent by text message to prominent members of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Deputy Speaker of the People´s Majlis, Moosa Manik, and former Speaker Abdulla Shahid, as well as Maria Didi, Rozeyna Adam, Eva Abdullah, Imthiyaz Fahmy, Ali Azim and Ibrahim Mohamed Solih . [read more]
IPU is working to convene as soon as possible a Regional Round Table of Israeli and Palestinian MPs to effectively engage both sides in genuine dialogue aimed at finding a win-win solution for all people in the region. Following consultations with IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and meetings with Israeli and Palestinian Ambassadors to Geneva, the President of IPU’s Committee on Middle East Questions, the British peer Lord Judd, called upon both sides to take a leap of faith and break the vicious circle of violence. Lord Judd urged political leaders to have the courage to think and behave differently in the long-term interests of all people in the region. [read more]
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MANILA, 28-29 August 2014
GENEVA, 4-5 September 2014