Events in Belarus, misinformation and the use of modern technology are three important aspects that need to be emphasized when it comes to the role of parliaments in strengthening democracy. Addressing colleagues at the remote conference of the 5th Speakers of the World Parliaments, the Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece emphasized on Thursday.
“The people of Belarus have expressed their desire for democracy. The Latvian Parliament also calls on the Belarussian authorities to refrain from the use of force against peaceful protesters and to ensure that all human rights, as well as civil rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and assembly, are respected. We call on the international community to encourage Belarus to hold new, free and fair presidential elections, ”said the Saeima press service.
The Speaker of the Saeima emphasized that the Covid-19 virus pandemic has created a favorable ground for the spread of misinformation and false news: “We must work together to increase public resilience to misinformation. Latvia has experience in solving these issues. It is important that people have timely access to scientific, evidence-based information and facts. It can save lives! ”
I.Mūrniece emphasized that the Covid-19 crisis has prompted the Saeima to switch to work remotely, using modern technologies. “Thanks to a new, specially adapted and secure e-parliament platform, the Saeima continues to develop laws and ensures parliamentary oversight,” said I. Mūrniece.
The Conference of Speakers of the World Parliaments is held every five years. It is organized by the Interparliamentary Union, the largest and oldest interparliamentary organization. It was founded in 1889 and unites the parliaments of 166 countries.