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Committee on Democracy and Human Rights

Across the world, people are fighting for democracy and their human rights which continue to be under threat in many ways, in many places.

In the face of such threats, our Committee on Democracy and Human Rights works to promote democracy and protect the human rights for all of society. Its work is part of our overall commitment to human rights and building democracy.

The Committee examines current and developing challenges to democracy and human rights. It proposes parliamentary action on these at both national and international level through the political resolutions it sets out once a year, and which are adopted by the entire IPU membership.

Ensuring the freedom of expression, privacy in the digital era and using social media as an effective tool to promote democracy, are some of the many challenges that have arisen through the use of new technology. The Committee has taken on these and other issues such as youth participation in political life, the protection of migrant children and the right to health for women, newborns and children. Its resolutions on many issues have often developed into extensive IPU programme work at global, regional and national levels.

It is one of our four permanent committees, which meet at our twice-yearly Assemblies. All Member Parliaments are able to take an active role in putting forward items for the Committee agenda, bringing their perspective to the debates and the drafting of resolutions. 

The work of the Committee is guided by an 18-member Bureau with representatives from all geo-political groups. The Bureau helps to set the agenda for each session and proposes a work programme for the Committee.

Composition

Mr. A.Y. Desai

India
President
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. A. Gerkens

Netherlands
Vice-Chairperson
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. B. Tshireletso

Botswana
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. A. Niyongabo

Burundi
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2021

Mr. H. Bekalle-Akwe

Gabon
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. A. Talabani

Iraq
Arab Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Mr. M. Moussa

Lebanon
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. Y. Al-Khater

Qatar
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. P. Wangchuk

Bhutan
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. B. Saranchimeg

Mongolia
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. S. Isayan

Armenia
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. E. Primakov

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Oct 2021

Ms. N. Rahmonova

Tajikistan
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Ms. C.L. Crexell

Argentina
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Ms. G. Fermin

Dominican Republic
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. M. Teixeira

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic Of)
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. S. Spengemann

Canada
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Mr. D. Marie

France
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Ms. S. Kihika

Kenya
Ex Officio Member (Bureau of Women MPs)

Mr. M. Bouva

Suriname
Ex Officio Member (Bureau of Young MPs)

Ms. A. Gerkens

Netherlands
Rapporteur to the 143rd Assembly

Ms. J. Oduol

Kenya
Rapporteur to the 143rd Assembly

To be confirmed

Rapporteur to the 143rd Assembly

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