The world body of parliamentarians will debate “Human rights abuses as precursors of conflict: Parliaments as early responders” when it convenes in Geneva for the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly from 23-27 October 2016. Marking its 40th anniversary, the debate will also provide an important opportunity to reflect upon the achievements of the IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians which undertakes unique and vital work in protecting the human rights of legislators across the globe.
BGIPU staff visited Hampstead Cemetery on 29 September to pay tribute to the life and work of the UK parliamentarian who founded the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Sir William Randal Cremer MP. His initiative with French counterpart, Frederic Passy, in 1889 created a global organisation now numbering 170 member parliaments spanning the globe. The IPU continues Cremer's life's work to create mechanisms for resolving international disputes through arbitration, including facilitating inter-parliament dialogue to enhance global peace, promote democracy and end the scourge of war.
Marking the International Day of Democracy (15 September) with the theme “Democracy 2030”, IPU called on political leaders everywhere to strengthen connections between the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and citizens’ demands for greater transparency, accountability and inclusive decision-making. “We are inviting and challenging all parliaments to think innovatively about democracy’s future, including from the perspective of ensuring the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development succeeds,” said IPU President Saber Chowdhury.