The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) adopted resolutions on human rights of parliamentarians during the ongoing 132nd IPU Assembly in Hanoi on April 1.

A report, delivered at the Governing Council’s meeting, highlighted 39 cases of parliamentarians who have been killed or gone missing, or whose human rights have been violated.

IPU President Saber Chowdhury called on parliamentarians worldwide to unite to protect their colleagues and minimise human rights violations of parliamentarians.

Also at the Governing Council’s meeting, Vietnam’s National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan—who was elected as the chairperson of the 21st Meeting of the Women Parliamentarians—briefed delegates on the outcomes of the March 28 women’s meeting, stressing the need to implement policies to ensure a safer cyberspace for and focus on violence against women.

Meanwhile, Deputy Head of the NA’s Committee for External Affairs Vu Hai Ha reported Vietnam’s achievements in controlling HIV/AIDS and ensuring the health of mothers and children.

Reports on refugees and the importance of refugee funds were also delivered at the meeting.

Also at the session, the Bahrain representative was elected as the chairperson of the IPU Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights.-VNA