The IPU condemns in the strongest terms the recent attack on US Congressman Steve Scalise and three other individuals, including a congressional staff member. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as they struggle to deal with the tragic consequences.
The IPU works tirelessly to promote and protect the human rights of MPs, including their right to work and live without fear of violence. We deplore all acts of violence, attacks or threats against parliamentarians and their staff wherever they may take place.
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong emphasized that political dialogue must never lead to extremism and conflict. "Every citizen should ensure that political dialogue is constructive and without intimidation. The future of democratic governance depends on it."