14 Oct 2019 10:48

Matviyenko visiting Belgrade to participate in IPU session

MOSCOW. Oct 14 (Interfax) - A Federation Council delegation led by Speaker Valentina Matviyenko is paying a working visit to Serbia on October 13-15.

"The visit will include meetings with Serbian leaders and participation in the 141st session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and related events," the Federation Council press service said in a statement on Sunday.

This year's session of the IPU is dedicated to the strengthening of international law, the role and mechanisms of parliamentary activity, and the input made by regional cooperation.

"It is planned to initiate the elaboration of a resolution of the IPU Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights 'Parliamentarians against Unilateral Sanctions for the Sake of Democracy and Human Rights'. In furtherance of the IPU president's statements, which reaffirmed the inadmissibility of sanctions against parliamentarians, the Executive Committee will discuss the possible establishment of an Assembly working group on the issue of political sanctions," the statement said.

The format may be tasked with permanently monitoring violations of rights of parliamentarians and their voters on international platforms and with elaborating measures to counter the unilateral use of sanctions against parliaments and members of the IPU, it said.

In addition, forums of female and young parliamentarians will be held on the IPU session's sidelines.