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IPU wants MPs to respond effectively to HR violations


Dhaka – MPs from 138 countries will convene next week in Geneva to determine specific ways, in which parliaments can respond effectively to serious human rights violations and their underlying causes, including human rights situations likely to lead to conflict, UNB news agency reported.This will form part of the agenda at the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, to be held in Geneva on October 24-28.
More than 700 MPs, including 67 Speakers of Parliament and 41 Deputy Speakers, will attend this global parliamentary conference to address the role of parliaments as early responders to human rights abuses.
Parliamentarians should be at the forefront in raising the alarm and taking action when serious human rights challenges arise.
No country is immune to human rights violations. Across the world, marginalization, political exclusion, religious intolerance, poverty, and undue restrictions to fundamental freedoms such as the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, are prevalent.
Failure to address human rights challenges runs counter to national and international obligations, and creates a breeding ground for conflict if abuses become more widespread and serious.
IPU’s 135th Assembly marks the 40th anniversary of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, which works to protect or seek redress for MPs whose rights have been abused, and is currently investigating more than 2,300 cases around the world, according to a message received here from Geneva on Tuesday.
The anniversary will be also the opportunity to call on MPs to demonstrate greater parliamentary solidarity with those peers whose fundamental rights have been violated.
During the Assembly, IPU will release a study showing alarming levels of sexism and violence against women MPs throughout the world.
The study also indicates violations of the rights of women parliamentarians need to be brought more systematically before the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.


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