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Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians

Every year, many MPs around the world face abuse, mistreatment or even death. The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians seeks to protect and defend them. The only international mechanism with such a remit, it has an outstanding track record of helping MPs under attack.

To find out more about the cases currently monitored by the Committee, see the interactive map below.

The Committee holds hearings, undertakes missions and sends trial observers. During IPU Assemblies, IPU Members through the IPU Governing Council, approve the Committee’s decisions, highlighting the importance of parliamentary solidarity. The Committee continues to speak out on cases until there is a satisfactory solution. 

If you would like to report an MP in danger, use this form.

The Committee consists of 10 members from all over the world. Members serve in a personal rather than national capacity. They are selected on the strength of their competencies and commitment to human rights.

Composition

Mr. N. Bako-Arifari

Benin
President
until Jan 2022
End of mandate: Oct 2022

Ms. A. Reynoso

Mexico
Vice-President
End of mandate: Oct 2024

Mr. S. Cogolati

Belgium
Member
End of mandate: Apr 2026

Mr. S. Spengemann

Canada
Member
End of mandate: Apr 2026

Mr. B. Mbuku Laka

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Member
End of mandate: Apr 2026

Ms. L. Dumont

France
Member
End of mandate: Apr 2022

Ms. L. Quartapelle

Italy
Member
End of mandate: Apr 2026

Ms. C. Urbano de Sousa

Portugal
Member
End of mandate: Apr 2026

Mr. A. Caroni

Switzerland
Member
End of mandate: Oct 2022

Ms. C. Asiain Pereira

Uruguay
Member
End of mandate: Apr 2026

Interactive map of the latest cases of MPs in danger

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Video: how does the committee work?