Some 90 people were reportedly detained by Turkish police on Tuesday over suspected links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The People’s Democratic Party reports that more than 200 people have been detained over several days, including dozens of party administrators and members.
Following these reports, the officers of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Chair Margareta Kiener Nellen (MP, Switzerland), Vice-Chair Michael Georg Link (MP, Germany), and Rapporteur Kyriakos Hadjiyianni (MP, Cyprus) issued the following statement:
“The widespread detentions and harassment of political opponents in Turkey must stop. Particularly with local elections coming next year, it is crucial that parties and candidates can present their views and qualifications free of pressure from the government. The very real security concerns faced by Turkey must not be misused by the authorities to target their opponents,” they said.
In advance of the 20 October parliamentary elections to be held in Afghanistan, the leaders of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s human rights committee express their deep concern at the arbitrary exclusion of candidates from running for office.
The officers of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Chair Margareta Kiener Nellen (MP, Switzerland), Vice-Chair Michael Georg Link (MP, Germany), and Rapporteur Kyriakos Hadjiyianni (MP, Cyprus) issued the following statement:
“Elections are fundamentally intended to be a process through which people can select their decision-makers. Candidates must not be excluded from running based on unclear grounds.
Several leaders of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly have actively participated over the past two weeks in the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Italian OSCE Chairmanship, speaking at working sessions on democracy, fundamental freedoms, rights of migrants, human trafficking, and freedom of the media.
The OSCE PA was also represented by Vice-Presidents Isabel Santos (Portugal) and Kari Henriksen (Norway), and human rights committee Chair Margareta Kiener Nellen (Switzerland), who spoke at several working sessions of the meeting. Kiener Nellen noted that parliamentarians have an important role to play in promoting tolerance and non-discrimination.
“Through the enacting of relevant legislation aimed at combating hate crimes and hate speech, and promoting equal rights and opportunities, parliaments have a strong tool at their disposal to improve the situation qualitatively,” she said.
She is a member of the Swiss National Council since 2003 for the social-democratic party and of the Financial Oversight Delegation of the Swiss Parliament since 2018. She joined the Committee on Finance in 2003 and served as its President from 2010 to 2011 and from 2016 to 2017. She was also part of the Committee on Legal Affairs from 2011 to 2015 and of the Committee on Courts from 2007 to 2011.
She is the head of the Swiss Delegation to the OSCE PA and has a legal background specialization in human rights, constitutional and criminal law.
Joint statement commemorating International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament (May 24) and the 175th birthday anniversary of Bertha von Suttner (June 8), the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. May 20, 2018PNND Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
The increased threats of nuclear-weapons-use by accident, miscalculation or intent led the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists earlier this year to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock to 2 Minutes to Midnight,' says Margret Kiener Nellen MP (Switzerland), President of the Swiss delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
‘Nuclear reliant governments must reverse these trends by taking all weapons systems off high alert, committing to never use nuclear weapons first, and commencing negotiations on the complete prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons, as urged by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.’
Die Interparlamentarische Union (IPU) führt vom 1.-5. April 2017 in Dhaka (Bangladesch) ihre Frühjahrs-Vollversammlung durch. Mitglieder der IPU sind die nationalen Parlamente von 171 Staaten. Hauptthemen der Konferenz sind die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Parlamenten zur Umsetzung der Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele (SDG) sowie das Spannungsfeld zwischen nationaler Souveränität und Völkerrechtsnormen. Die Schweiz ist durch eine Delegation von drei Mitgliedern des Nationalrates und zwei Mitgliedern des Ständerates an dieser internationalen Parlamentskonferenz vertreten.
World MPs in drive to end extreme inequalities
Die Schweizer Delegation bei der parlamentarischen Versammlung der OSZE (PV OSZE) wird auf Initiative ihres Präsidenten, Ständerat Filippo Lombardi, an der 25. Jahrestagung der Organisation, die vom 1. bis 5. Juli 2016 in Tiflis (Georgien) stattfindet, zwei Resolutionen über den Dialog und die interparlamentarische Zusammenarbeit vorlegen.