Taking a stance on human rights issues
RESOLUTIONS OF STATUTORY IPU ASSEMBLIES
As a political organization, the IPU regularly debates human rights questions during its statutory Assemblies (called Conferences until 2003), one of the Standing Committees of which is entirely devoted to issues relating to democracy and human rights. Assembly resolutions are distributed as official documents of the United Nations where the IPU enjoys the status of a permanent observer to the UN General Assembly.
Selected recent resolutions:
| ||The role of parliaments in striking a balance between national security, human security and individual freedoms, and in averting the threat to democracy|| ||118th Assembly|
| ||Migrant workers, people trafficking, xenophobia and human rights|| ||118th Assembly|
| ||The urgent need to immediately stop the widespread human rights violations and to restore the democratic rights of the people of Myanmar|| ||117th Assembly|
| ||Promoting diversity and equal rights for all through universal democratic and electoral standards|| ||116th Assembly|
| ||Missing persons|| ||115th Assembly|
| ||How parliaments can and must promote effective ways of combating violence against women in all fields|| ||114th Assembly|
| ||The role of parliaments in advocating and enforcing observance of human rights in the strategies for the prevention, management and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic|| ||112th Assembly|
| ||Furthering parliamentary democracy in order to protect human rights and encourage reconciliation among peoples and partnership among nations|| ||110th Assembly|
| ||Parliaments' role in strengthening democratic institutions and human development in a fragmented world|| ||108th Conference|
| ||Terrorism – a threat to democracy, human rights and civil society: the contribution of parliaments to combating international terrorism and addressing its causes in order to maintain international peace and security|| ||107th Conference|
| ||The contribution of parliaments to the peaceful coexistence of ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, including migrant populations, within one State, marked by tolerance and the full respect for their human rights|| ||102nd Conference|
| ||Strong action by national Parliaments in the year of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to ensure the promotion and protection of all human rights in the 21st century|| ||100th Conference|
A complete chronological list of resolutions adopted by IPU statutory Assemblies (Conferences) since 1991 is available on a separate page.
The IPU regularly organizes parliamentary meetings which focus on human rights and related issues. Most of these events are held specifically for chairpersons and members of parliamentary committees specializing in human rights. Examples of such events held in recent years are listed below and often focus on a particular human rights topic.
Special mention should be made of the Inter-Parliamentary Symposium "Parliament: Guardian of Human Rights", which was held in Budapest (Hungary) in May 1993 and helped to shape IPU's human rights programme as it is known today.
A complete chronological list of specialized IPU events held since 1991 is available on a separate page.