Theme: Human Rights

Delegation with Albanian Speaker

UK delegation consolidates cooperation with Albania on issues of common concern

Across the week commencing 26 February, a BGIPU delegation of UK Members of Parliament visited Albania to strengthen bilateral Parliamentary links. Consisting of Matthew Offord (Conservative), Tan Dhesi (Labour), Baroness Blackstone (Labour), and Baroness Bonham-Carter (Liberal Democrat), and supported by Holly Sloan from the BGIPU, the delegation sought to promote greater cooperation between the Government […]

The General Debate will focus on the overall theme Parliamentary diplomacy: Building bridges for peace and understanding and provide a platform for delegates to deliberate, exchange views and galvanize parliamentary action in this area.

IPU commences preparations for its 148th Assembly to take place in Geneva 23-27 March

The 148th Assembly of the IPU will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23-27 March 2024. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and on Middle East Questions, as well as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young MPs, will meet on […]

Turkish artisit Refik Anadol opens his solo exhibition in London, United Kingdom in February 2024. RASID NECATI ASLIM, ANADOLU VIA AFP

IPU addresses the dangers of deepfakes for parliamentarians and democracy globally

In 2019, when Italy’s former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a bewildering appearance on a satirical news show, hurling insults at his political counterparts, threatening to leave and using inappropriate language, he caused a massive stir. However, soon after the video surfaced, it became apparent that it was not Renzi speaking. It was a sophisticated […]

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A super election year in 2024 provides the IPU with challenges and opportunities

According to the latest data compiled by the IPU on its data platform, Parline, 72 elections or renewals of parliamentary chambers will take place this year, compared to 65 last year. Among those, 55 parliamentary chambers will be directly elected while the others will be indirectly elected or appointed. Roughly half the world’s population is expected to […]

The AI workshops will also inform a forthcoming IPU resolution The impact of artificial intelligence on democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Parliaments and AI: IPU ensuring parliamentarians are going beyond the buzz

Huge strides in artificial intelligence (AI) have dominated the headlines these past few months. But beyond the buzz, what are the risks but also the opportunities when it comes to democracy, human rights and the rule of law? Will AI be the great disrupter of elections in 2024 with more than half the world’s population going to the polls? […]

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Human Rights of MPs: Some success stories from IPU efforts despite uptick in abuse

A few days before Human Rights Day on 10 December, the IPU has released its annual map of the number of reported cases of human rights violations suffered by parliamentarians around the world. Although the numbers continue to rise, there have been positive developments in some countries, partly due to actions by the Committee on the Human Rights […]