Government Policy

Frame national legal basis to prevent external interventions: IPU

DHAKA, April 5, 2017 (BSS) - The standing committee on Peace and International Security of the 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly yesterday urged parliaments to establish national legal basis and mechanisms to prevent external intervention in the internal affairs of independent states.

The committee after holding a threadbare discussion during the last three days on the item "the role of parliament in preventing outside interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states' yesterday adopted a draft resolution in this regard.

The resolution would be finally approved today at the steering committee meeting of the 136th IPU Assembly that is taking place at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here.

The 5-day assembly would be concluded today following Dhaka declaration.

The draft resolution was adopted by 44 votes out of 55. Ten member states voted against the resolution while Belgium was remained abstain in the voting process.

The 10 countries which voted against the resolution are- France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Ukraine, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Besides, hosts country Bangladesh, Russia, Uganda, China, Cambodia, Gabon, Fiji, the Netherlands, Cuba, India, Turkey, Lebanon and South Africa, among others, voted in favour of the draft resolution.

Later, the committee chairperson Senator of Mexico Laura Rojas declared adaptation of the resolution following majority countries support.

However, 143 amendment proposals were brought up on various points of the draft resolution in which the standing committee accepted 58 proposals before adopting the resolution.

Underlining the role of parliaments in preventing external intervention that threatens States' sovereignty and independence, the resolution urged the parliaments to help ensure a clear separation of powers through an effective system of checks and balance.

It resolutely condemned all threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state and urged parliament to work on conflict prevention and implementing peace building strategies as part of their parliamentary relations agenda.

It strongly urged all states to fulfill their obligations under international law to condemn terrorism in all its forms, as manifested in the invasion and occupation of terrorists, ethnic cleansing and displacement and respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states.

The resolution urged the parliaments to promote, protect and respect all human rights without distinction as a fundamental basis for the democratic life of national parliaments.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)