Cypriot MPs speak on human rights and corruption at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 18th winter meeting

Cypriot MP Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis has presented a draft report on human rights to the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, during its 18th winter meeting in Vienna.

A press release from the Parliament said that Hadjiyiannis stressed the importance of reaffirming the commitment of the OSCE member states to the principles and values of both the Helsinki Final Act and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this context, he stressed the need to develop and adapt these fundamental texts to meet new challenges

Addressing the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment, Cypriot MP Charalambos Pittokopitis noted that lack of good governance is a source of political tension that could undermine political stability, economic growth and security.

Speaking on corruption, Pittocopitis said that good governance requires a strong regulatory framework, which should include both an updated legislation and the establishment of strong supervisory institutions. As additional elements of good governance in this area, he noted the importance of adequate protection of whistle blowers and of dissuasive penalties.

MP stresses need for an effective multilateral system with UN at its core

Addressing the 2019 Parliamentary Hearing of the Inter – Parliamentary Union and the United Nations, at the UN headquarters, in New York, MP Anna Theologou stressed the need for an effective multilateral system with the United Nations at its core in order to meet the global challenges.

She noted that the speed at which the world evolves requires collectively agreed rules and adequate international institutions to ensure peace, stability, security, respect for human rights, development and prosperity. A world order, she continued, functioning within the framework of multilateralism, allows both small and large countries to benefit from a safer, fairer and more sustainable world, unlike protectionism.

Source: Cyprus News Agency