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Geneva: Global gathering of young MPs identifies roadmap to combat exclusion of young migrants and socioeconomic inequalities  

Young MPs from 51 countries have defined a youth-centred action plan that promotes inclusive democratic and socioeconomic policies for all. More than 120 young men and women MPs who  attended the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Fourth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in Ottawa, Canada,  on 17-18 November, took a united approach ...

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Geneva: IPU calls on the Goverment of Venezuela to respect the rule of law and human rights

  The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) expresses concern over the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to request that the Constituent Assembly remove the parliamentary immunity of Mr. Freddy Guevara, Deputy, First Vice-President of the National Assembly of Venezuela. The National Assembly is the ...

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WORLD: Political crises increase worldwide as human rights violations against opposition MPs rise

  The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has expressed deep concern about the increasing repression and escalation of human rights violations against opposition MPs in Cambodia, Venezuela, Turkey and the Maldives on the closing day of the 137th IPU Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The IPU has called for fact-finding missions ...

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RUSHIA: Over 800 MPs worldwide call for the end of intolerance, mistrust and violence

Parliamentarians from 155 countries have committed to pursuing cultural pluralism and peace through interfaith and inter-ethnic dialogue. In a declaration issued at the close of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU) Assembly (#IPU137) in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, IPU Member Parliaments have called for transparency, accountability and respect for human rights and ...

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World MPs condemn the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar  

The global parliamentary community has condemned today the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority in the Northern Rakhine state of Myanmar. MPs have called upon the Government of Myanmar to end immediately the violence and forced displacement of the Rohingya and the blatant violations of their human rights. In a ...

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Parliamentarians need to step up efforts to hold governments to account

A new report (and Executive Summary) by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found that parliaments are committed to overseeing their governments but in practice face significant challenges in doing so. Capacity and resource issues are the most cited challenges to parliamentary oversight, while the ...

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World: World’s MPs Unite To Promote Peaceful Dialogue

Cultural pluralism and its contribution to peaceful societies and sustainable development is the focus of over 2,000 delegates, including over 800 MPs and 86 Speakers of Parliament, gathering in St. Petersburg for the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, on 14-18 October, 2017. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, new ...

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Pakistani court recommends review of blasphemy Law

ISLAMABAD — A court is recommending a review of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law to prevent people from being falsely accused of crimes punishable by death. Islamabad High Court Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi who called for the review last Friday in a ruling relating a matter where some people drag their ...

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