Press Note

Committee on Human Rights of MPs pushes forward on cases

Geneva, 23 January 2015
IPU’s Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians meeting here in October 2014 will review all cases before it. ©IPU

IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians is meeting in Geneva on 24-27 January to assess how to move forward on cases involving the human rights abuses of 301 MPs.

The cases cover 40 countries in the world.

Abuses include death, torture, threats, arbitrary arrest and detention, lack of fair trial, violation of freedom of expression or the unlawful suspension or loss of their parliamentary mandate.

Most of the cases on the MPs have been with the Committee for less than five years, but others include allegations of violations that date back more than 10 years. There are also new cases from Africa and South America.

During the four-day meet, the Committee will similarly examine several referrals for potential new cases.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the global organization of national parliaments. It works to safeguard peace and drives positive democratic change through political dialogue and concrete action.

For further information, contact: Jemini Pandya, Tel: +41 22 919 4158 / +41 79 217 3374, email: