The President and the Secretary General of the IPU have been informed that Venezuelan MPs have been prevented from leaving the country to attend the 140th IPU Assembly in Doha, Qatar this week.
On behalf of the IPU, the President and the Secretary General strongly condemn any measures taken by the Venezuelan authorities to obstruct members of the Venezuelan delegation from travelling. The IPU calls on Mr. Maduro to allow the parliamentarians to travel without delay or impediment to ensure their participation in the Assembly. The IPU urges the Venezuelan authorities to return any confiscated passports to the concerned MPs and to give full guarantees that they can travel and return to Venezuela safely and without any threats.
The IPU Assembly is an essential platform for international parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue. All IPU member MPs, regardless of political affiliation, should be allowed to come to the Assembly which is the proper forum to resolve conflict through meaningful exchange and dialogue.
The IPU categorically denounces violations of the human rights of MPs. Parliamentarians in Venezuela should be able to freely fulfil their mandate without fear of retaliation and in the interests of the people they represent.
The IPU, through its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, will consider what actions to take in the cases of over 180 persecuted MPs this week, including over 60 Venezuelan MPs.