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Myanmar

Political instability accounts for record number of persecuted MPs worldwide

The IPU has recorded another all-time high number of parliamentarians suffering from alleged human rights violations according to its annual figures released on the eve of Human Rights Day. The data reveal that at least 673 parliamentarians from 44 countries
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IPU143

Martin Chungong re-elected Secretary General of the IPU

At the 143rd IPU Assembly in Madrid, Spain, last week, Martin Chungong was unanimously re-elected for a third four-year term as Secretary General of the IPU.
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Global parliamentary solidarity for vaccine equity in the fight against COVID-19

At the 143rd IPU Assembly in Madrid, Spain, parliamentarians from around the world have rallied around an emergency resolution to support equitable access to vaccines, particularly in the developing world. Against the backdrop of the emergence of the omicron variant
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Widespread sexism and violence against women in African parliaments according to new IPU report

A new study by the IPU and the African Parliamentary Union (APU) shows that sexism, harassment and violence against women are ubiquitous in parliaments across Africa. This is the second in a series of IPU regional studies, following a 2018
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MP of the year: The new Cremer-Passy Award

The IPU is pleased to announce a new prize: the Cremer-Passy prize. The prize will be awarded annually to an MP or MPs whose exceptional actions contributes to a more united, fair, secure, sustainable and equitable future. Named after the
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Niger

African parliaments talk openly about sexism

Following the publication of the IPU’s regional study on Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, many African parliaments accepted the IPU’s call to amplify the findings of the study and talk about sexism with the following
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IPU143

IPU’s I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament! campaign goes global

Just over ten years ago, IPU Member Parliaments adopted a landmark resolution on youth participation to encourage the rejuvenation of parliaments. Since then, parliaments from around the world have made some limited progress in its implementation. However, the level of youth representation in parliament, as measured regularly by the IPU, remains low. Half the world’s population is under 30 and yet only 2.6% of MPs globally represent this age group.
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IPU

Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art

In light of the significance of the recent report, Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, the IPU commissioned a talented artist to help visually portray the extent of this scourge in legislatures across the continent. Annick
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Burkina Faso

IPU Statement on Burkina Faso

The IPU expresses grave concern over reports of a military coup in Burkina Faso with the arrests of President Kabore, the Speaker of Parliament and other government officials as well as news of the dissolution of the National Assembly. The
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Statement on bomb attacks in Uganda

The IPU Executive Committee strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Kampala near the Parliament on Tuesday 16 November 2021. The IPU extends its condolences to those who have lost loved ones and wishes a fast recovery to the many injured
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Afghan parliament

Statement on Afghanistan

Joint Statement of the Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian law and the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union on Afghanistan
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Statement on Yemen by IPU Committee on Middle East Questions

The IPU Committee on Middle East Questions expresses its strong concerns over the recent escalations in the brutal conflict in Yemen, causing what has become known as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The Committee strongly condemns the violations of UN
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Pacheco and Chungong

2021: A year when attacks on democracy intensified

End-of-year statement by President Duarte Pacheco and Secretary General Martin Chungong. 2021 bore witness to several assaults on democracy, starting with what many saw as one of its bastions – the US Congress. Then Myanmar suffered a bloody military coup
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2022

The IPU wishes you a happy and healthy 2022

2021: A year when democracy came under attack. Discover our end-of-year animation card.
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Fawzai Koufi

Highlights from the Inaugural Ceremony of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Afghanistan, climate change, generational injustice and gender equality were just some of the topics discussed at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament on 7-8 September 2021 in Vienna, Austria. Watch the highlights from the
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Guyana

A conversation with...Manzoor Nadir, MP, Guyana

As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Manzoor Nadir, Speaker of the National Assembly
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Jacinda Ardern

Women in politics in New Zealand: here’s what they are doing right

New Zealand was the first country in the world where women won the right to vote and it’s now a leader for gender parity in politics. Following the October 2020 elections, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern leads the most
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Kamala Harris

From fundraising to the VP, why 2020 was a pivotal year for women in US politics

2020 was a milestone year for women in politics in the US. The country saw the highest numbers of women entering Congress and the executive in its history. Progress built on the midterm elections in 2018, and women now occupy
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