An IPU delegation, led by IPU President Duarte Pacheco and comprising parliamentarians from around the world, is in Venezuela this week.
The delegation will hold consultations with a range of stakeholders in a bid to assess the general political situation in the country as well as to find satisfactory solutions to the cases currently being monitored by the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
During the five-day mission, the IPU delegation is expected to meet with parliamentarians, government as well as judiciary authorities and representatives from civil society and as many stakeholders as possible. The mission will also meet with leaders of the opposition.
The mission is expected to make recommendations to the IPU’s governing bodies on how the IPU can contribute to the overall efforts to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela, in a sustainable way.
The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments. It was founded more than 130 years ago as the first multilateral political organization in the world, encouraging cooperation and dialogue between all nations. Today, the IPU comprises 179 national Member Parliaments and 13 regional parliamentary bodies. It promotes democracy and helps parliaments become stronger, younger, gender-balanced and more diverse. It also defends the human rights of parliamentarians through a dedicated committee made up of MPs from around the world. Twice a year, the IPU convenes over 1,500 parliamentary delegates and partners in a world assembly, bringing a parliamentary dimension to global governance, including the work of the United Nations and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.