Inter-Parliamentary Union

Press Release

 No.4 of the 119th Assembly (15 October 2008)



Palestine admitted as a Member of the IPU 

In a groundbreaking decision, the IPU also admitted the Parliament of Palestine as a full-fledged Member.

Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians 

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, for its part, wound up three days of meetings with a report in which its President, Canadian Senator Sharon Carstairs, noted the growing number of cases of parliamentarians who are forced to flee their countries in fear of their lives and the safety of their families and who turn to the Committee for assistance in their quests for asylum abroad.

During its session in Geneva, the Committee examined 63 cases concerning legislators in 33 countries, among them public cases in: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burundi, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Palestine/Israel, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Zimbabwe.

Document Type: Press Release
Document Sources: Inter-Parliamentary Union
Subject: Human rights and international humanitarian law, PLO/Palestine, Palestine question
Publication Date: 15/10/2008