Africa and Asia most dangerous regions for Members of Parliament

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Africa and Asia were the most dangerous regions in the world to be a member of parliament in 2014, according to statistics released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Monday.

The IPU says that MPs all over the world are harassed and even killed in an attempt to intimidate and silence critical voices of dissent.

Roger Huizenga, head of IPU's Human Rights programme, said this year alone, 311 members of parliament from across the world had their cases examined by the IPU Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians.

"The regions where it is, in a way, most dangerous to be a parliamentarian is Africa, with 119 MPs affected, followed by Asia with 78 MPs. The third highest ranking region is the Middle East and Northern Africa where it concerns 56 MPs whose situations are being examined by the IPU Committee." (21")

The IPU says that most of these MPs – 71 per cent – are opposition parliamentarians and a significant 26 per cent come from ruling parties.

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians released its statistics ahead of Human Rights Day, which is observed on 10 December each year.

Stephanie Castro, United nations

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