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IPU calls for swift return to constitutional rule in Mali

The IPU strongly condemns the coup in Mali that took place on 18 August. Any change of government through the military goes against the core principles of democracy. The IPU calls for respect for the rule of law and for
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Beirut explosion

IPU statement on explosions in Beirut

The IPU and the parliamentary community express their shock and sadness at the devastation and loss of life caused by the blasts in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday 4 August. We convey our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved
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IPU reiterates calls to eliminate nuclear weapons

On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 and 9 August), the IPU renews its calls for parliamentary action to ban the 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. In a letter co-signed with the
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Tundu Lissu

IPU Human Rights Committee urges Tanzanian authorities to ensure safety of returning opposition leader Tundu Lissu

Mr. Tundu Lissu, a former member of the Tanzanian Parliament and a vocal opposition leader, is due to return home on 27 July. Mr. Lissu survived an assassination attempt in 2017 and has since been abroad for medical treatment after
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Presidential Statement for Victory in Europe Day

Geneva, 8 May 2020 Dear colleagues, dear friends! Victory day is celebrated in many countries of the world on May 8 and 9. And in spite of the fact that the official date of the end of the Second World
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Presidential Statement on the IPU Assembly

Dear colleagues, dear friends, Today – on 16 April 2020 – we were supposed to meet in Geneva at the opening of the regular 142nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. As you know, the Assembly has been postponed, as have
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IPU joins UN in calling for immediate global ceasefire in view of COVID-19

Joint Statement The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments and empowers parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development. Working together within this institution, we strongly support the UN Secretary-General’s appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in view
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IPU calls on Members to support COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

The IPU stands in solidarity with its Member Parliaments, partners and friends in the face of the coronavirus health emergency. We wish all those affected personally a speedy recovery and much strength in the coming weeks. The IPU also expresses
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IPU work continues despite the COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPU will be working differently over the next few weeks to protect the health of our staff and in the interests of social responsibility to prevent the further spread of the virus through
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Cancellation of the April IPU Assembly

The IPU Assembly and related meetings, due to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 16-20 April has been cancelled. This decision has been taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and follows a careful risk assessment based on information provided
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Statement from the Presidents of the IPU and the EP on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we, as presidents of our respective institutions, reaffirm our commitment to take urgent action to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Moreover, we strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and
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Statement about the 142nd IPU Assembly/ COVID-19

The IPU is monitoring closely the unfolding developments concerning the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and is in daily contact with the local authorities and officials from the World Health Organisation. The health and safety of our Members, delegations to
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IPU gravely concerned over new cases of abuse against Venezuelan MPs

In the last few days, the IPU has received an alarmingly high number of new complaints of alleged human rights violations against Venezuelan parliamentarians. The IPU Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians will examine these complaints, as well as other
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Renewing our commitment to protecting the rights of the child

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) joins the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which, while dedicated to its high cause, should ensure the promotion of the rights of the child. The IPU applauds
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IPU calls for reconciliation on Cambodia’s Independence Day

The IPU congratulates Cambodia on its national day 9 November. It urges the Cambodian authorities to promote reconciliation and peaceful interaction between all political forces, including opposition leaders, in the interests of strengthening democracy that delivers for all the people
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The President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, welcomed delegations from France and Britain, with Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General

Statement by the French and British Groups of the IPU for the 130th anniversary

Gathered in Paris to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the first meeting of the IPU on 29 and 30 June 1889, the French and British Groups of the IPU reaffirm in the following statement their commitment to the IPU.
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IPU concerned about further deterioration of political crisis in Venezuela

The IPU is concerned about the arrest on 8 May of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Edgar Zambrano. His arrest follows the decision of the Constituent Assembly to strip him of his parliamentary immunity as well as that of six other members of the National Assembly, and with the likelihood of three more to come.
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IPU Presidential Statement on the Golan Heights

The IPU stands for the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war. The IPU was founded 130 years ago on the values of peace and non-use of force in international relations. We condemn the recent US recognition of the
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IPU Presidential Statement on Parliamentary Diplomacy

The IPU was founded on the importance of parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue. Parliamentary diplomacy is an essential part of international cooperation, helping to building bridges between countries and peoples and seeking to contribute a parliamentary perspective to global governance as
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MP Franck Diongo and MP Eugène Diomi Ndongala

IPU welcomes the release of DRC parliamentarians

The IPU welcomes the release of former MP Franck Diongo and MP Eugène Diomi Ndongala of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has been lobbying intensely on their behalf since 2012
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