Region: Asia-Pacific

Chaired by the BGIPU Treasurer Alex Sobel MP, UK parliamentarians participated in a rich roundtable briefing with Central Asia Ambassadors

UK MPs/Peers have a wide-ranging roundtable discussion with Central Asia Ambassadors

Chaired by the BGIPU Treasurer Alex Sobel MP, UK parliamentarians participated in an informative virtual roundtable briefing with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UK, HE Mr Erlan Idrissov, the Ambassador of the Krygyz Republic to the UK, HE Mr Edil Baisalov, the Ambassador of Mongolia to the UK, HE Mr Tulga Narkhuu and a […]

Soldiers in front of a guesthouse where Myanmar MPs have been residing in Naypyidaw. STR / AFP

IPU human rights committee calls for respect for Myanmar MPs’ fundamental freedoms

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CHRP) is very concerned about the situation of several Members of the Myanmar Parliament who are under house arrest or whose movements are being severely curtailed. The IPU strongly condemned the coup in a statement issued last week. The CHRP calls for the immediate release of the […]

Military block the road near parliament on February 1 2021 ANADOLU AGENCY VIA AFP

Inter-Parliamentary Union strongly condemns military coup in Myanmar

The IPU strongly condemns the military coup in Myanmar on the day the new Parliament (the Hluttaw) was due to reopen. We call for the immediate release of those detained unlawfully and for respect of democratic institutions. Any disputes over the outcome of the 8 November general election should be resolved through established legal mechanisms […]

On 15 December, BGIPU hosted a bilateral meeting between parliamentarians from the UK and Uzbekistan. The meeting was co-chaired by Alex Sobel MP, BGIPU Treasurer, and Andrew Bridgen MP, Uzbekistan APPG Chair.

Strong interest in strengthening relations between parliaments in UK and Uzbekistan

On 15 December, BGIPU hosted a bilateral meeting between parliamentarians from the UK and Uzbekistan. The meeting was co-chaired by Alex Sobel MP, BGIPU Treasurer, and Andrew Bridgen MP, Uzbekistan APPG Chair. They were joined by The Lord Bowness CBE DL, Catherine West MP, Nigel Mills MP, The Lord Balfe, The Lord Sheikh, The Baroness […]

On 9 November, BGIPU and the BBC World Service co-hosted a webinar on the ‘Rising Influence of China in Global Media, providing participants with an overview of the ways in which China has increased its influence on global broadcasting

Webinar with BBC World Service on Rising Influence of China in Global Media

On 9 November, BGIPU and the BBC World Service co-hosted a webinar on the ‘Rising Influence of China in Global Media’. The event provided participants with an overview of the ways in which China has increased its influence on global broadcasting through investment in television infrastructure, technology, journalist training programmes and its use of Western […]

Although all three countries face significant challenges, there was continuing value being placed on the future development of bilateral relations between the UK and the nations of South-East Asia.

South East Asian Ambassadors brief MPs/Peers on developments

On 29 October, BGIPU hosted a parliamentary briefing featuring Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Thailand, His Excellency Brian Davidson; to HMA to Cambodia, Her Excellency Tina Redshaw; and HMA to the Philippines, His Excellency Daniel Pruce. Several Select Committees and APPGs were represented by UK participants, with BGIPU Executive Committee member, The Rt Hon Alun Cairns […]

BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Korean National Assembly co-chaired by BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP and BGIPU Vice-Chair, Baroness Hooper CMG

UK Members have wide-ranging exchange with ROK counterparts

On 22 October, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Korean National Assembly. The meeting was co-chaired by BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP and BGIPU Vice-Chair, Baroness Hooper CMG. They were joined by Yvonne Fovargue MP, Brendan O’Hara MP and Rt Hon Lord Dholakia. Their Korean counterparts were […]