The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Hinnavaru constituency, Jeehan Mahmood, has been elected Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Democracy and Human Rights Committee.

Mahmood, who also chairs the Human Rights and Gender Committee of the Parliament, was elected to the committee from the Asia Pacific Group on Wednesday and is the first member of the Maldives’ legislature to be elected to the position.

The IPU Democracy and Human Rights Committee is responsible for examining challenges to democracy and human rights, and resolutions are passed once a year to find solutions to such political issues at national and international level.

It is a committee of 18 members, with three representatives from each geopolitical group.

The IPU is an organisation of national parliaments that began in 1889 as a small group of parliamentarians dedicated to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue. It has since grown into a global organisation with 180 Members and 15 Associate Members. It facilitates parliamentary diplomacy and empowers parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy, and sustainable development around the world.