Sunday, April 15, 2012

Members Of Parliaments Gather In Uganda

Ugandan Speaker Rebecca Kadaga with international parliamentarians at a recent conference in Kampala.Photos: Bwette Daniel Gilbert/

By Bwette Daniel Gilbert

KAMPALA, Uganda – About 650 members of parliaments and other government leaders from around the world gathered recently for the 126th inter-parliamentary union assembly in Kampala.
Representing more than 120 parliaments as well as regional and international organizations, the six day conference that ended earlier this month sought solutions to common concerns under the theme “Parliament and People: Bridging the Gap.”
The gathering devoted considerable attention to the situation in the Middle East and called for an immediate end to violence and protection of human rights in Syria, where government forces have killed thousands of protestors in recent months.
Delegates from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Canada successfully urged their fellow policymakers in this assembly to  join them in the effort to find peaceful and democratic solutions in the Syrian conflict.
The conference also resolved to make improved health care for women and children a major world priority.

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