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Inter-Parliamentary Union frustrated by behavior of Afghan parliament regarding Malalai Joya’s case

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Resolution adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 187th session (Geneva, 6 October 2010)

IPU, 14/10/2010

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the case of Ms. Malalai Joya, a member of the House of Representatives of Afghanistan, as outlined in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/187/12(b)-R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 186th session (April 2010), Noting that, at its session held during the 123rd IPU Assembly, the Committee held a hearing with the leader of the Afghan delegation,


Noting that a letter from the IPU Secretary General to President Karzai on this case has remained unanswered, as have all the Secretary General’s letters to the Speaker of the House of Representatives,

Considering that, according to one of the sources, during the last sitting of the previous House of People’s Representatives, several members took the floor to state that the House should rectify two unlawful decisions it had adopted during its legislative term, namely the adoption of an amnesty law and the suspension of Ms. Malalai Joya; that, however, the Speaker allowed no debate on the issue and simply left the plenary room,

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