27 May 2021
The Governing Council, at its 207th session which was held virtually on 27 May 2021, expressed its concern about the ongoing political situation in Myanmar. The Governing Council endorsed the recommendation of the Executive Committee, to invite, in solidarity with the people of Myanmar, the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament) as observer to the IPU Assembly. It requested the Secretary General of the IPU to continue monitoring the situation.
The Executive Committee discussed the situation in Myanmar and decided not to recommend the suspension of Myanmar’s membership in the IPU, as this would intrinsically signify recognition of the military coup of January 2021. The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), which included freely elected parliamentarians, would be invited to attend the 142nd Assembly as an observer.
The Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians also submitted decisions to the Governing Council for adoption concerning152 parliamentarians from the seven countries including the situation of Myanmar’s democratically elected parliamentarians from 2020 free and fair general election.
The 207th of the Governing Council was held during the 142nd IPU Assembly and related meetings on 24 to 27, May 2021.