IPU examines human rights violations of MPs

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Jemini Pandya

Cases of human rights violations against Members of Parliament around the world are being examined by a committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in a week-long meeting beginning on Monday.

The IPU's Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians says the highest number of cases before it come from Africa, followed by Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Jemini Pandya is a spokesperson for the IPU.

"The meeting in January is the only time in the year where actually the Committee examines all of the cases that it actually has on its books. So this week it will be looking at the cases involving 265 members of parliament. It will also examine potential new cases involving assassination, arbitrary arrest and infringement of expression and assembly from Iraq, Oman and Yemen." (28")

Jemini Pandya says during the week the Committee also plans to have a hearing concerning the case of eleven Eritrean MPs who were arrested without charge in September 2001.

Their arrest and disappearance came after they had written an open letter calling for democratic reform in the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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