Russian human rights campaigner and MP Galina Starovoitova was murdered in 1998. After years of delay, some of those responsible have been brought to justice but others are thought to remain at large.
Sri Lankan Nadarajah Raviraj was murdered on his way to work in 2006, one of a series of Tamil MPs to be killed. Those who ordered or carried out his killing have never been brought to justice.
Sri Lankan MP Joseph Pararajasingham was murdered in a cathedral during a Christmas service in 2005.
Colombian MP Manuel Cepeda Vargas was shot dead in the capital, Bogota, in an attack later ruled to have been the responsibility of the state.
Palestinian MP Ahmad Sa’adat was abducted by Israeli forces from a Jericho jail before being sentenced to 30 years in prison in Israel.
Former Jordanian Senator Amina Zouabi finds grounds for optimism in the opportunities being given to women in her country—although traditional views persist.
Gabriela Rivadeneira became the youngest Speaker of Parliament in Latin America not long after being elected to parliament for the first time.
Palestinian MP Sahar Qawasmy is a member of Fatah who was elected to parliament in 2006 and the first female provincial secretary. She has fought hard to end discrimination against women—arguing against whose who try to justify inequ
Safiatou Traoré’s passion to improve the lives of women and young people in Mali was the driving force behind her entry into politics.
Eritrean MP Haile Woldetensae has been held incommunicado without trial since 2001, one of a group of 11 seized after criticizing the country’s president, Isais Afwerki.