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Jean Wyllys

IPU figures reveal most human rights violations against parliamentarians are State-sponsored

In the lead-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, the IPU has announced its yearly figures of alleged human rights violations against members of parliament in 2019. The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, a unique mechanism
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Board for Jo Cox

IPU publishes new guidelines to eliminate sexism and harassment in parliament

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the IPU has published a comprehensive set of guidelines to combat sexual harassment and violence against women in parliament . The guidelines offer advice and practical
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Afghan refugees

Regional parliamentary consultations on the predicament of refugees

Hosted by the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), and organized by the IPU in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the African Regional Parliamentary Conference on Comprehensive Responses to Refugee Situations – Effective Parliamentary Approaches , took place
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P20 meeting

P20 strengthens parliamentary dimension of G20

The House of Councillors of the National Diet of Japan, in close cooperation with the IPU, brought together parliamentarians from the world’s 20 major economies at the sixth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday 4 November. The
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workshop

Empowering young MPs in Djibouti

Elections in Djibouti in 2018 brought an infusion of young MPs into the National Assembly with 32 per cent of the new house under 45, above the global average of 28 per cent. To help these young parliamentarians, as well
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Refugee forum

Presenting parliamentary solutions at Refugee Forum

Parliamentarians from around the world were in Geneva this week for the first edition of the Global Refugee Forum organized by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The parliamentarians brought the parliamentary voice to this global gathering to take stock of
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Casini

Two opposition MPs allowed to leave Venezuela thanks to IPU Honorary President Casini

After spending more than six months in the Italian embassy of Caracas, Venezuela, two parliamentarians, Ms. Mariela Magallanes and Mr. Americo De Grazia, are now in Italy thanks to the efforts of IPU Honorary President Mr. Pier Ferdinando Casini.
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MPs at PET recycling factory, Trinidad

Caribbean parliaments examine impact of climate change on health

Climate change and its impact on health were the focus of a parliamentary seminar on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), held in early December in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The timing coincided with the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain. The seminar Strengthening parliamentary action on the SDGs was co-organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. It was attended by parliamentarians from eight Caribbean countries as well as representatives of international organizations, civil society and experts.
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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 President and Secretary General

130 years after the foundation of the IPU, the struggle for democracy continues

An end-of-year message from IPU leadership. We should never take democracy for granted. Many of our parents and grandparents fought for it in the Second World War and in battles for independence from colonial rule. In the 1990s we celebrated
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Lisa Cameron

Interview with Lisa Cameron, MP – The UK Parliament's engagement with the SDGs

UK MP Lisa Cameron discusses the engagement of the UK Parliament in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including the importance of a “whole-of-parliament” approach to the SDGs and making sure no one
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Saeed Al-Mutawa

Interview with Saeed Al Mutawa, MP – The United Arab Emirates Parliament's engagement with the SDGs

UAE MP Saeed Al Mutawa discusses the engagement of the Federal National Council (FNC) of the United Arab Emirates in implementing the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the creation of a specific parliamentary committee. The
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Bernadette Wuyatta Songa

Interview with Bernadette Wuyatta Songa, MP – The Sierra Leone Parliament's engagement with the SDGs

Sierra Leonean MP Bernadette Wuyatta Songa discusses how the Sierra Leone Parliament is engaging with the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the Parliament's recent experience with the IPU-UNDP self-assessment toolkit: Parliaments and the Sustainable Development
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