Region: Americas

There are sufficient laws to protect the rainforest but neither the Government, nor Facebook are doing enough to ensure that they are upheld. Once 25% of the Amazon Rainforest has been deforested, it becomes unable to sustain itself.

MPs/Peers hear of Illegal sale of Amazon rainforest plots from BBC World Service

On 16 April, BGIPU and the BBC World Service co-hosted a virtual discussion on the illegal sale of Amazon Rainforest plots. The meeting was co-chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee and International Development Committee Member, Kate Osamor MP, and Climate Committee Chair, Lord Deben, and was well-attended by a group of MPs and Peers with an […]

Elected MPS wave to protesters demonstrating against the military coup as police surround the NLD party's headquarters in Yangon on February 15, 2021. © Ye Aung THU / AFP

IPU reports sharp increase in abuse against parliamentarians, driven largely by Myanmar

Press Release by the IPU on 30 March 2021 The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians is monitoring a record 601 cases of alleged violations against parliamentarians around the world. This represents a significant uptick compared to 552 cases in December 2020. The caseload includes many new claims, particularly from Myanmar and Turkey. The […]

On 28 January, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Chilean Congress chaired by Chile APPG Vice-Chair and BGIPU Executive Committee Member, Baroness Hooper,

UK members discuss priorities including climate change with counterparts from Chile

On 28 January, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Chilean Congress. The meeting was chaired by Chile APPG Vice-Chair and BGIPU Executive Committee Member, Baroness Hooper, who was joined by Mark Menzies MP, Angus MacNeil MP, and Chris Matheson MP. The Chilean delegation included Senator Kenneth Pugh, […]

BGIPU hosted a virtual Latin America Roundtable which provided a great opportunity for UK Parliamentarians to hear first-hand accounts of political, social and economic developments in the region.

Ambassadors to UK from Latin America provide updates to MPs & Peers

On 19th January BGIPU hosted a virtual Latin America Roundtable which was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee Member and Chair of the APPG for Latin America, Mark Menzies MP. Members received briefings from HE Javier Esteban Figueroa; Ambassador of Argentina, HE Fred Arruda, Ambassador of Brazil; HE David Gallagher, Ambassador of Chile; HE Antonio José […]

The meeting gave clear acknowledgement of the importance of maintaining valuable relationships between Parliamentarians and the diplomatic community.

MP/Peers convene Central Americas Roundtable with Ambassadors

On 30 November, BGIPU hosted a Central America Roundtable which was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee Member and Chair of the APPG for Central America, Andrew Rosindell MP. Members received briefings from HE Rafael Ortiz Fábrega, Ambassador of Costa Rica; Ms Gabriela María Ramírez Lazo, Deputy Ambassador of El Salvador; Ms Olga Maria Pérez Tuna, […]

BGIPU and the Nicaraguan Embassy co-hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Nicaraguan National Assembly.

Key opportunity to discuss UK-Nicaragua relations with Assembly members

On 22 October, BGIPU and the Nicaraguan Embassy co-hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Nicaraguan National Assembly. The British delegation was made up of Andrew Rosindell MP, Mark Menzies MP, Catherine West MP, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP and Baroness Hooper. The meeting was moderated by HE Guisell […]