Theme: Human Rights

Pediatric ward in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. © GODONG / BSIP

IPU working to improve health and well-being of women, children and adolescents

Opinion Piece by Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and Martin Chungong, Board Member, PMNCH, and Secretary General of the IPU. On this World Health Day, occurring in the midst of the greatest pandemic the world has seen since the 1918 influenza, we are reminded of the centrality of […]

National Assembly in Caracas © Carolina Cabral Fernandez/Anadolu Agency via AFP

IPU calls to release detained Venezuelan MPs

The IPU continues to be concerned about the fate of opposition MPs in detention in Venezuela particularly in Iight of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, people in prison and other confined places of detention, are more vulnerable to the coronavirus disease outbreak than the general population. The IPU renews its calls […]

Parliaments in a time of pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts or slows down vast swathes of global activity, how are parliaments facilitating the implementation of the emergency health measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)? What impact is physical distancing and confinement having on the way parliaments function? How can parliaments debate, pass legislation and scrutinize the actions of […]

Harriett Baldwin was part of the February 2020 BGIPU delegation to the UN Parliamentary Hearing in New York

IPU Annual Hearing focused on education

Release from the IPU Secretariat On 17 and 18 February, the IPU and the United Nations, represented by the President of the General Assembly, convened some 200 parliamentarians from over 60 countries, as well as diplomats, representatives from civil society, and experts for the IPU Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations in New York. […]

Security Forces in Venezuela have been used to obstruct the work of the legitimate elected body, the National Assembly and harass MPs

New evidence of human rights violations against MPs

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has released new evidence of human rights violations against 509 parliamentarians from 39 countries, a significant increase compared with the 468 cases that were recorded in October 2019. Most of the cases involve governments putting pressure on MPs from opposition parties. In its latest decisions, the […]

The IPU convenes to give a parliamentary voice to global debates.

From talk to action — how parliaments make a difference

An Opinion piece published on the Devex.com Parliaments make a concrete difference in people’s everyday lives. That includes everything from establishing the conditions to create jobs to safeguarding freedom of speech to increasing budget allocations for health workers in rural areas. They are at the heart of inclusive decision-making ­— without their effective involvement policies […]