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IPU welcomes progress on human rights cases in DRC and Iraq

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed several positive developments on three cases involving the abuses of the human rights of MPs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Iraq. IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has been working on the cases to seek redress and protection of the MPs.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) marks Commonwealth Day 2016

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has marked  Commonwealth Day 2016  both in London at the CPA Secretariat and across the CPA regions and branches.

Botswana Launches Conservation Parliamentary Caucus

On Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, in Gaborone, His Honour the Vice President of Botswana, Hon. Makgweetsi Masisi and Parliamentary leadership committed to strengthening conservation governance by formally launching the all-party Botswana Conservation Parliamentary Caucus (BOCOPAC).

Namibian Parliamentarians Launch Conservation Caucus, Commit to fight wildlife crime

On Tuesday, March 15th, members of the Namibian Parliament officially launched the Namibian Conservation Parliamentary Caucus (NACOPAC), a multiparty collaboration of parliamentarians committed to strengthening conservation governance and sustainable economic development in Namibia and the region. Namibia suffered a major spike in rhino poaching in 2015, and combatting this crisis will be a key area of focus for NACOPAC. Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia, chaired the launch meeting and announced that he would be the official patron of NACOPAC.

Speech by His Exellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia during the Official Openning of the 134th IPU Assembly in Lusaka

 

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 134TH IPU ASSEMBLY HELD AT GOVERNMENT COMPLEX IN LUSAKA SATURDAY, 19th MARCH, 2016

 

•    THE IPU PRESIDENT, HON SABER CHOWDHURY,

Few highlights in year of mixed results for women¹s participation in parliament

 Geneva, 4th March 2016
 
 An increase in the number of women Speakers of Parliament during 2015  and some regional successes were among the few highlights in what
 proved to be yet another disappointing year for women¹s participation  in parliament, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
 
 IPU¹s ³Women in Parliament 2015: the Year in Review² released ahead of  International Women¹s Day on 8 March, showed that for the second year

World's parliaments pledge to work together to counter terrorism

Lusaka/Geneva, March 2016
 
 Having strongly condemned the terror attacks in Brussels as a brutal  assault on democracy and core human values, the Inter-Parliamentary
 Union (IPU) has today called for a wide range of actions to counter  the growing global threat of terrorism.
 
 In a resolution on peace and international security adopted at the  conclusion of the 134th Assembly in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, IPU
 Members proposed a multi-faceted approach to dismantling terrorist  networks, combatting hatred, and counteracting terrorist propaganda.

Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia with his Chinese counterpart

Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia with his Chinese counterpart

Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia Hon. Dr Patrick Matibini, SC with his Chinese counterpart, H.E. Zhang Dejiang, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, which is the equivalent of Speaker of National Assembly. The two met on the sidelines of  the 134th International Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Lusaka, Zambia.

Statement by Mr Fredson K Yamba, Secretary to the Treasury on Unsolicited offers to buy off the Zambia's External Debt

 In the last few days there have been reports in some sections of the  media that the Zambian Government has received unsolicited offers from
 foreign investment agents popularly known as ³Vulture Funds² to buy  off the country¹s external debt. The media reports have made specific
 reference to the already contracted debt particularly the Eurobonds.
 
 
 
 Government would like to categorically state that it has no plans for  any sale of its debt to any investor. The Government is fully

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