IPU reports sharp increase in abuse against parliamentarians, driven largely by Myanmar

Parliamentarians – Human Rights

IPU reports sharp increase in abuse against parliamentarians, driven largely by Myanmar
Tue, 30/03/2021 – 11:54
The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians is monitoring a record 601 cases of alleged violations against parliamentarians around the world. This represents a significant uptick compared to 552 cases in December 2020. The caseload includes many new claims, particularly from Myanmar and Turkey.
The committee took decisions on these and a number of other cases of alleged abuse of parliamentarians in Afghanistan, Belarus, Burundi, Colombia, Eritrea, Gabon, Mauritania, Mongolia, Thailand, Togo and Venezuela [see Decisions summary below]:

164th session of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians
Decisions of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians
Virtual session, 8 to 20 March 2021
DH/2021/164/R.1
Africa
Burundi: Mr. Pasteur Mpawenayo
Eritrea: 11 parliamentarians
Gabon: Mr. Justin Ndoundangoye
Mauritania: Mr. Mohamed Ould Ghadda
Mauritania: Mr. Biram Dah Abeid
Togo: Mr. Agbéyomé Kodjo

Americas
Colombia: Mr. Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento
Colombia: Mr. Jorge Tadeo Lozano Osorio
Colombia: Mr. Alvaro Araujo Castro
Venezuela: 134 parliamentarians

Asia
Afghanistan: Two parliamentarians
Mongolia: Mr. Zorig Sanjasuuren
Myanmar: 39 parliamentarians
Thailand: Mr. Jatuporn Prompan

Europe
Belarus: Mr. Anatoly Lebedko
Turkey: 64 parliamentarians

The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments. It was founded more than 130 years ago as the first multilateral political organization in the world, encouraging cooperation and dialogue between all nations. Today, the IPU comprises 179 national Member Parliaments and 13 regional parliamentary bodies. It promotes democracy and helps parliaments become stronger, younger, gender-balanced and more diverse. It also defends the human rights of parliamentarians through a dedicated committee made up of MPs from around the world.