Inter-parliamentary seminar in Bucharest to discuss transposition of international human rights commitments into national realities

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Romania's Chamber of Deputies and the Inter-Parliamentary Union are holding on Monday and Tuesday at Parliament Palace in Bucharest a regional seminar called 'Transposition of international human rights commitments into national realities: the contribution of national parliaments to the activity of the United Nations Human Rights Council.'

The aim of the seminar is to promote the best understandings of the activity of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, as well as the role of national parliaments and their members in relation to the UNHRC activity.

Opening the event will be Speaker of Romania's Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Anders Johnsson, State Secretary for Strategic Affairs with Romania's Foreign Ministry Bogdan Aurescu and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Romania's Chamber of Deputies Laszlo Borbely, the rapporteur of the seminar.

There will be six themed sessions that will tackle common challenges facing human rights in Central and Eastern Europe; the role of national parliaments in protecting human rights at a national level; the Universal Periodic Review and the role of national parliaments in its smooth operation; human rights and the post-2015 development agenda. Moderating the sessions will be MPs and highly experienced international experts.

Attending the event will be representatives from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey. AGERPRES

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