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IPU adopts sovereignty resolution

Update: March, 31/2015 - 09:27
Delegates to the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the National Convention Centre in Ha Noi yesterday. The IPU's Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights approved a resolution on national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of a nation. — VNA Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — A resolution on international law relating to national sovereignty, non-interference in the internal affairs of States and human rights was adopted at the ongoing IPU-132 yesterday.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)'s Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights adopted the resolution after discussing contents determined during the 131st Assembly.

The resolution covers the responsibility of all States to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, colour, sex, language or origin.

It also highlights the importance of the existing international legal framework for women's rights and gender equality, in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security.

Le Minh Thong, deputy chairman of the National Assembly's Law Committee, who represented Viet Nam at the session, said the resolution was also debated during the IPU's previous assembly but not passed due of a lack of consensus among participants.

Thong underscored the importance of the resolution, saying it connects international law with national sovereignty and human rights. Now that it has been adopted, the resolution will be submitted to the ongoing Assembly for approval, he said.

Viet Nam welcomed the development and hoped that once it is approved by the 132nd Assembly, all member nations will strictly adhere to it, he said.

Tackling terrorism

IPU delegates also discussed the role of parliamentary co-ordination in fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) and terrorist organization Boka Haram.

Representatives from 14 countries stressed the need to increase the role of legislative bodies in supervising the implementation of solutions to fight terrorism and educating young people on this issue.

The general session at IPU also discussed yesterday ways to increase the role of legislatures in advancing sustainable development goals.

Speaking at this session, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said that parliaments have an important role to play in solidifying peace and security in the region and the world.

Water management was a key issue that the IPU Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Commerce discussed yesterday.

Members agreed that people must be placed at the heart of effective water management, saying that all countries must respect international law and agreements on water, such as the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention.

On security and cyber warfare in the region, delegates called for the need to complete an international convention on Internet and prevent terrorists from using it, especially for recruiting members and generating funds for their activities. — VNS

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