24 March 2022
On 24 March 2022, the Governing Council was apprised of the situation of certain parliaments and endorsed the related recommendations made by the Executive Committee with regard to each of those parliaments. It reiterated its previous decisions on Afghanistan and Myanmar, following the recommendations of the Executive Committee and in solidarity with the people of those countries, to recognize the suspended parliaments of those two countries as the IPU’s main interlocutors and to allow their participation in the IPU in a non-voting observer capacity.
The Council also adopted its decisions on the report of the Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians including the serious human rights violations against elected parliamentarians in Myanmar by the military junta.
The Executive Committee took the same decision on Myanmar, as its situation was similar to that of Afghanistan. The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) was also functioning in exile. It would therefore continue to be invited to attend IPU meetings in a non-voting observer capacity until such time as there was a fully-fledged parliament in the country.
The 144th Assembly which was held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia from 20 to 24 March, encourages Myanmar to follow the path of democracy once more.