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Annual IPU figures reveal increasing violence against parliamentarians, especially women MPs

In the lead-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, the IPU has released its yearly figures on the human rights abuses experienced by parliamentarians around the world. The numbers confirm an upward trend of reported violations against parliamentarians. They
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Opposition MPs suffer human rights violations against backdrop of elections

New allegations of human rights violations against parliamentarians in countries holding elections have recently been brought to the attention of the IPU. The cases involve opposition MPs whose basic rights to freedom of expression, assembly and movement have reportedly been
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Duarte Pacheco

Duarte Pacheco elected new IPU President in historic virtual vote

Mr. Duarte Pacheco has been elected as the 30th President of the IPU after an unprecedented online election during an extraordinary virtual session of the IPU’s Governing Council, its main decision-making body made up of parliamentarians from around the world
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Speakers of parliament join forces to tackle health, economic and climate crises

Over 115 of the world’s top legislators took part in the virtual Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament on 19 and 20 August 2020, under the overall theme of Parliamentary leadership for more effective multilateralism that delivers peace and
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Six ways MPs can support a green recovery from COVID-19

The unfolding tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic also offers parliaments a unique chance to address climate change while rebuilding and reimagining national economies. A new IPU policy note, Green approaches to COVID-19 recovery: Policy note for parliamentarians, published in partnership
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2020

A year of crisis but also opportunity

As the pandemic threw most of the world into turmoil, the IPU remained open for business to support its Members and continue its work of empowering parliaments and parliamentarians for democracy. Discover our end-of-year animation here.
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More parliaments involved in progress reports for global goals

Results from a recent IPU study show that 58 per cent of parliaments were involved to varying degrees in assessing national progress towards the UN global goals this year, compared with 38 per cent in 2019. Every year, countries sign
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The shadow pandemic: Violence against Women in Politics

On 25 November, the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, the IPU and the Kofi Annan Foundation organized a webinar with key actors to evaluate successful policy responses to violence against women in politics (VAWP). Eliminating Violence against
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IPU calls for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination

The IPU and the parliamentary community call on governments to give fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination through support for COVAX, the only global mechanism to distribute vaccines equitably across the world. The positive news of the roll-out of
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IPU Statement on Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Celebration of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 January 2021 The Inter-Parliamentary Union welcomes the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which sets a new
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IPU Statement on assault on US Congress

The IPU and the parliamentary community strongly condemn the violence and the assault on the US Capitol on Wednesday 6 January. The integrity of this bastion of democracy and of the representatives of the people of the United States must
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IPU concerned about violence during recent parliamentary elections in Myanmar

The IPU is concerned about reports of violence against parliamentarians and candidates during 8 November general elections in Myanmar. According to the information received by the IPU, parliamentarian Mr. U Htike Zaw was shot dead at his home in Shan
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IPU End-of-Year Message

2020 has been a year unlike any other. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into turmoil, with the resulting lockdowns, quarantines and border closures bringing economies to a standstill. It has been endless; as societies sacrifice freedoms to subdue
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Cecilia Widegren

Cecilia Widegren, Chairperson IPU Sub-Committee on Finance, talks about 2021 budget

Cecilia Widegren, Chairperson of the IPU Sub-Committee on Finance and a Swedish MP, talks about the latest budget approved by the IPU Governing Council in November. She emphasizes how important it is that 179 Member parliaments agreed on a budget
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Duarte Pacheco

IPU President: “The human rights of parliamentarians should be the core business of the IPU."

Mr Duarte Pacheco, a Portuguese Member of Parliament since 1991, was elected to the IPU Presidency in an historic virtual vote in November, winning 56 per cent of the votes in the first round. In his first video interview for
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Duarte Pacheco

IPU President Duarte Pacheco's campaign speech

Discover the new IPU President Duarte Pacheco’s campaign speech during the virtual election for the presidency on 1 November 2020.
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