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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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UK Parliament to grill FA officials over Eni Aluko bullying claims

Football Association officials will be forced to publicly answer questions about the botched investigations into Eni Aluko’s complaint against England women’s manager Mark Sampson after being hauled in front of a parliamentary inquiry. An internal investigation and independent inquiry, led by barrister Katharine Newton, found no wrong-doing on Sampson’s part ...

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EU politician pushes Parliament to test Blockchain Identity for Refugees

A blockchain task force within the European Parliament wants to explore how the technology could be used to provide digital identities to refugees, public documents suggest. Amendments for the European Union’s 2018 budget, published on August 29, include one related to a task force first approved last year by EU ...

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Australia’s Parliament takes a turn toward satire

Australia’s government has just limped through its most farcical week since the 2013 election, courtesy of a dual-citizenship scandal that has shaken the parliament and threatened the Turnbull government’s slim one-seat majority. Since Senator Scott Ludlam announced his shock retirement after the discovery that he held New Zealand citizenship in ...

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Australian senator defends wearing burka in parliament after backlash

An Australian politician has told Sky News she stands by her stunt of wearing a burka in parliament despite facing a backlash. Senator Pauline Hanson has been widely condemned after wearing a full-length black burka as part of her campaign to have it banned. One Nation party leader Senator Pauline ...

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Lebanon parliament scraps rape law

Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday abolished a law which allowed convicted rapists to avoid punishment by marrying their victims. “The repeal of article 522 is an important and overdue step to protect women’s rights in Lebanon,” said Bassam Lebanon, the Lebanon researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Parliament should now follow this ...

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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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