GENEVA — Representatives of world parliaments on Thursday criticized
Israel, Cambodia and 19 other countries for their treatment of
The chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s human
rights committee, Rosario Green, urged Israel not to deport Palestinian
lawmakers Mohammed Abu Teir, Mohammed Totah and Ahmed Abu Atoun after
they were recently released from prison.
The three were ordered
expelled from Jerusalem for links to Hamas. But Green, a former Mexican
foreign minister, said the expulsion violates the lawmakers’ human
Green’s panel also called a Cambodian defamation case
against opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua a “complete travesty of justice.”
Sochua faces up to six months in prison after refusing to pay a
court-ordered fine for defaming Cambodia’s prime minister.
countries scrutinized by the committee for their treatment of lawmakers
included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burundi, Colombia, Ecuador,
Eritrea, Iraq, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar,
Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
one of its harshest criticisms, the panel slammed Russia for failing to
bring to justice the murderers of Galina Starovoitova, who was gunned
down in the s